Definition of collar in English:


Line breaks: col¦lar
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒlə


  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.


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[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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