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collier

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒlɪə
 
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Definition of collier in English:

noun

chiefly British
1A coal miner.
Example sentences
  • Consider also the colliers and pitmen and coal merchants and coal trains and the men who drive them and the ships that carry coals - what an army of servants do the machines thus employ!
  • Once the country's leading coal producer, in 1860 its colliers accounted for just 2.4 percent of the national total.
  • In 1701 a statute declared that habeas corpus did not apply to the miners and in 1708 it was enacted that a collier escaping could be brought back within eight years.
2A ship carrying coal.
Example sentences
  • It is an unusual design of ship, a collier with engine-room aft and wheelhouse amidships.
  • The slipway would have been used to take small boats from the house to the colliers - coal ships - moored in the upper harbour.
  • The U.S. armada at Culebra was swelled by a flotilla of support vessels, including colliers and torpedo boats.

Origin

Middle English: from coal + -ier. The original sense was 'maker of charcoal', who usually brought it to market, hence 'person selling charcoal', later 'person selling coal', whence the current senses.

Words that rhyme with collier

volleyer

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