Definition of collar in English:

collar

Line breaks: col¦lar
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒlə
 
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noun

1The part around the neck of a shirt, blouse, jacket or coat, either upright or turned over: a shirt collar we turned our collars up against the chill
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  • In the context of an interview with mainstream corporate America, it's best to cover your tattoos and piercings with long-sleeved shirts, blouses, collars, and such.
  • Tweed jackets are popular with the men, along with garish ties and socks, coloured shirts with white collars, coats with velvet lapels, yellow cords - all topped off with a flat cap or a trilby.
  • The dangling detached polo shirt collars and tiny tee shirts may take some getting used to.
Synonyms
1.1A band put around the neck of a domestic animal, used to restrain or control it: dogs for the Deaf are identified by an orange collar and leash
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  • The proposal would affect any cat not under an owner's direct control or without a collar.
  • The basic training tools will be a collar, leash, chew toys and bones, gates, crates, and a bed.
  • She licked my face as I fastened the leash onto her collar.
1.2A coloured marking resembling a collar round the neck of a bird or other animal: the drake has a narrow black collar
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  • Then, if all went well, they would outfit the two-and-a-half-foot-long bird with a radio collar and transmitter.
  • Testosterone-implanted males (with a control collar) were trialed against males with red, orange, blue, and control brown collars.
  • One option was to fit animals with GPS collars, which get position fixes from satellites to monitor movements and activity patterns.
1.3A heavy rounded part of the harness worn by a draught animal, which rests at the base of its neck on the shoulders: a shire horse leaning into its collar
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  • But unless he can replace the stolen tack, collars and harness, he will be unable to take part.
  • The rigid collar and tandem harness allowed teams to pull with equal strength and greater efficiency.
2A connecting band or pipe in machinery.
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  • Diversion collars placed around the pipes, just below the sand surface, can be retrofitted if this begins to happen.
  • The concrete pipes and collars on the sandy bottom created a tangled mass of intestines that lay unconnected to anything.
  • So when the collar for new valve went round the pipe, there wasn't contact all the way round, due to a distinct lack of pipe.
Synonyms
ring, band, collet, sleeve, pipe, flange, rim, rib
3British A piece of meat rolled up and tied.
3.1A cut of bacon taken from the neck of a pig.
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  • Living on a staple diet of belly pork, collar bacon, and beef dripping, her arteries should have been as choked as the M1 on a Friday evening.
4The part of a plant where the stem joins the roots.
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  • For the measurements, stem was severed above the collar region and the roots sealed in the pressure chamber.
  • Trees up to 15.0 cm diameter at the root collar were included in the sample.
  • Cross sections collected at the root collar and at every meter were analyzed using standard dendrochronological techniques.

verb

[with object] informal Back to top  
1Seize or apprehend (someone): police collared the culprit
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  • Rookie cops graduate from the police academy anxious to collar real criminals.
  • Crime-busting technology used by police to collar urban criminals is helping to catch wildlife thieves.
  • That's slim consolation, however, for the 50-odd banks the Friday Night Bank Robber knocked over before he was finally collared.
Synonyms
apprehend, arrest, catch, capture, seize; take prisoner, take into custody, detain, put in jail, throw in jail, put behind bars, imprison, incarcerate
informal nab, nail, run in, pinch, bust, pick up, pull in, haul in, do, feel someone's collar
British informal nick
1.1Approach (someone) in order to talk to them: he collared a departing guest for some last words
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  • Rick left Edie's side immediately and collared David.
  • Brian Beard collared him after the game and there was a slightly serious element in his first question.
  • He was hoping to collar someone who would tell him what was up.
Synonyms
accost, address, speak to, talk to, call to, shout to, hail, initiate a discussion with; approach, waylay, take aside, detain, stop, halt, grab, catch, confront, importune, solicit
informal buttonhole
British informal nobble

Origin

Middle English: from Old French colier, from Latin collare 'band for the neck, collar', from collum 'neck'.

Derivatives

collared

adjective
[in combination]: a fur-collared jacket

collarless

adjective
More example sentences
  • Clad in black jeans and a collarless white T-shirt, a calm and composed Mr. Gajmer, accompanied by his parents, said at a press conference in Chennai: ‘I am very happy and yet undecided on what to do with the money.’
  • We encourage employees to define for themselves what is acceptable, but jeans, trainers, crop tops and collarless shirts are definitely out.
  • The Beatles made skinny pants and collarless jackets the rage!

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