Definition of collar in English:


Syllabification: col·lar
Pronunciation: /ˈkälər


  • 1A band of material around the neck of a shirt, dress, coat, or jacket, either upright or turned over and generally an integral part of the garment: 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.
    neckband, choker
    historical ruff, gorget, bertha
  • 1.1 short for clerical collar.
  • 1.2A band of leather or other material put around the neck of a domestic animal, especially a dog or cat.
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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.
  • 1.3A colored marking resembling a collar around the neck of a bird or other animal.
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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.
  • 1.4A heavy rounded part of the harness worn by a draft animal, which rests at the base of its neck on the shoulders.
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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 restraining or connecting band, ring, 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.
    ring, band, collet, sleeve, flange
  • 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.
  • 4 Botany The 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.


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  • 1 [with object] Put a collar on: biologists who were collaring polar bears
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    • The handling, collaring, and release were done by a Romanian wildlife technician named Marius Scurtu, a sturdy young man with an unassuming grin and a missing front tooth.
    • Originally trapped and collared in a remote valley near the city of Brasov, Timis and her pack soon relocated themselves closer and began making nocturnal forays into town.
    • To track the fate of young antelope, Berger and her biologist husband, Joel Berger, radio collared 38 fawns last summer.
  • 2 [with object] informal Seize, grasp, 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.
    apprehend, arrest, catch, capture, seize; take prisoner, take into custody, detain
    informal nab, pinch, bust, pick up, pull in
  • 2.1Approach aggressively and talk to (someone who wishes to leave): 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.
    accost, waylay, hail, approach, detain, stop, halt, catch, confront, importune
    informal buttonhole



[in combination]: a fur-collared jacket


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  • 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!


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

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