What does collar mean?

Definitions for collar
ˈkɒl ərcol·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. collar, neckbandnoun

    a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over

  2. collarnoun

    (zoology) an encircling band or marking around the neck of any animal

  3. collarnoun

    anything worn or placed about the neck

    "the thief was forced to wear a heavy wooden collar"; "a collar of flowers was placed about the neck of the winning horse"

  4. collarnoun

    a short ring fastened over a rod or shaft to limit, guide, or secure a machine part

  5. collar, shoe collarnoun

    the stitching that forms the rim of a shoe or boot

  6. collarnoun

    a band of leather or rope that is placed around an animal's neck as a harness or to identify it

  7. choker, collar, dog collar, neckbandnoun

    necklace that fits tightly around a woman's neck

  8. collar, leashnoun

    a figurative restraint

    "asked for a collar on program trading in the stock market"; "kept a tight leash on his emotions"; "he's always gotten a long leash"

  9. apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custodyverb

    the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

    "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"

  10. collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, copverb

    take into custody

    "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"

  11. collarverb

    seize by the neck or collar

  12. collarverb

    furnish with a collar

    "collar the dog"


  1. Collarverb

    To put a collar on.3. to arrest, as a wanted criminal. Same as put the collar on.


  1. collarnoun

    The part of an upper garment (shirt, jacket...) that fits around the neck and throat, especially if sewn from a separate piece of fabric.

  2. collarnoun

    A decorative band or other fabric around the neckline

  3. collarnoun

    A chain worn around the neck

  4. collarnoun

    A similar detachable item

  5. collarnoun

    Anything that encircles the neck.

  6. collarnoun

    A band or chain around an animal's neck, used to restrain and/or identifie it.

    Make sure your dog has a collar holding an identification tag.

  7. collarnoun

    A part of harness designed to distribute the load around the shoulders of a draft animal.

  8. collarnoun

    Any encircling device or structure.

    A nylon collar kept the bolt from damaging the surface underneath.

  9. collarnoun

    Of or pertaining to a certain category of professions as symbolized by typical clothing.

  10. collarverb

    To grab or seize by the collar or neck.

  11. collarverb

    To place a collar on, to fit with one.

    Collar and leash agressive dogs.

  12. collarverb

    To seize, capture or detain.

  13. collarverb

    To preempt, control stringently and exclusively.

  14. collarverb

    To arrest.

  15. collarverb

    To bind in conversation.

    I managed to collar Fred in the office for an hour.

  16. collarnoun

    A physical device to prevent operation of a mechanical signal lever.

  17. Etymology: From coler, from coler (Modern French collier, col), from collare, from collum. Cognate with, heals. More at halse.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COLLARnoun

    Etymology: collare, Latin.

    That’s nothing, says the dog, but the fretting of my collar: nay, says the wolf, if there be a collar in the case, I know better things than to sell my liberty. Roger L'Estrange, Fab. 68.

    Ten brace and more of greyhounds,
    With golden muzzles all their mouths were bound,
    And collars of the same their neck surround. John Dryden, Fab.

    Her waggon-spokes made of long spinners legs,
    The traces of the smallest spider’s web,
    The collars of the moonshine’s watry beams. William Shakespeare.

    When as the ape him heard so much to talk
    Of labour, that did from his liking baulk,
    He would have slipt the collar handsomely. Hubberd’s Tale.

  2. To Collarverb

    Etymology: from the noun.


  1. collar

    A collar is a band or structure that encircles the neck, often for purposes of restraint, identification, or fashion. It may refer to the part of a garment that is around or fits around the neck, a mechanical device that fits around a shaft or rod to provide reinforcement or support, or a protective band worn by pets. In finance, it can refer to an agreement to limit fluctuations in variable costs. A collar can also be a symbol of authority or status, such as a priest's collar or a slave collar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Collarnoun

    something worn round the neck, whether for use, ornament, restraint, or identification; as, the collar of a coat; a lady's collar; the collar of a dog

  2. Collarnoun

    a ring or cincture

  3. Collarnoun

    a collar beam

  4. Collarnoun

    the neck or line of junction between the root of a plant and its stem

  5. Collarnoun

    an ornament worn round the neck by knights, having on it devices to designate their rank or order

  6. Collarnoun

    a ringlike part of a mollusk in connection with esophagus

  7. Collarnoun

    a colored ring round the neck of a bird or mammal

  8. Collarnoun

    a ring or round flange upon, surrounding, or against an object, and used for restraining motion within given limits, or for holding something to its place, or for hiding an opening around an object; as, a collar on a shaft, used to prevent endwise motion of the shaft; a collar surrounding a stovepipe at the place where it enters a wall. The flanges of a piston and the gland of a stuffing box are sometimes called collars

  9. Collarnoun

    an eye formed in the bight or bend of a shroud or stay to go over the masthead; also, a rope to which certain parts of rigging, as dead-eyes, are secured

  10. Collarnoun

    a curb, or a horizontal timbering, around the mouth of a shaft

  11. Collarverb

    to seize by the collar

  12. Collarverb

    to put a collar on

  13. Etymology: [OE. coler, coller, OF. colier, F. collier, necklace, collar, fr. OF. col neck, F. cou, fr. L. collum; akin to AS. heals, G. & Goth. hals. Cf. Hals, n.]


  1. Collar

    In clothing, a collar is the part of a shirt, dress, coat or blouse that fastens around or frames the neck. Among clothing construction professionals, a collar is differentiated from other necklines such as revers and lapels, by being made from a separate piece of fabric, rather than a folded or cut part of the same piece of fabric used for the main body of the garment. A collar may be permanently attached to the main body of the garment or detachable.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Collar

    kol′ar, n. something worn round the neck: the part of a garment at the neck: a band round a dog's neck: that part of a horse's harness worn round the neck, to which the traces are attached: a ring: a band.—v.t. to seize by the collar: to put a collar on: to capture.—ns. Coll′ar-beam, a horizontal piece of timber connecting or bracing two opposite rafters, to prevent sagging; Coll′ar-bone, in man and most mammals the only bone directly connecting the upper extremity with the skeleton of the trunk.—p.adj. Coll′ared, having, or ornamented with, a collar: rolled up and bound with a string, as a piece of meat having the bones removed: captured.—ns. Coll′arette, a small collar; Coll′ar-work, hard work against the collar: drudgery. [O. Fr. colier—L. collārecollum, the neck.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. collar

    An eye in the end or bight of a shroud or stay, to go over the mast-head. The upper part of a stay. Also, a rope formed into a wreath, with a heart or dead-eye seized in the bight, to which the stay is confined at the lower part. Also, the neck of a bolt.

Editors Contribution

  1. collaradjective

    A part of a garment

    The collar on the shirt is always clean and ironed

    Submitted by MaryC on August 23, 2023  


  1. Collar

    in general any structure between the head and thorax: specifically, in Hymenoptera, the neck; in Diptera, may mean the neck, the sclerites attached to the thorax, the thorax itself, or its processes (ante furca): in Coleoptera, is the narrowed thorax; in Lepidoptera, applied to the sclerites attached to the thorax and which shield the neck.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Collar is ranked #16171 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Collar surname appeared 1,787 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Collar.

    86% or 1,538 total occurrences were White.
    8.7% or 157 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.6% or 65 total occurrences were Black.
    1% or 19 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'collar' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4740

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'collar' in Nouns Frequency: #2161

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of collar in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of collar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of collar in a Sentence

  1. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy:

    Today, President Trump committed to helping elect Ten House Republicans in the House and Senate in 2022, a Republican majority will listen to our fellow Americans and solve the challenges facing our nation. Democrats, on the other hand, have only put forward an agenda that divides us — such as impeaching a President who is now a private citizen and destroying blue-collar energy jobs. For the sake of our country, the radical Democrat agenda must be stopped.

  2. Mike Huckabee:

    I don't come from a family dynasty, but a working family. I grew up blue-collar, not blue blood.

  3. Liberty Levin:

    Fossil fuels ? We should eliminate fossil fuels ? Fossil fuelis what drove the Industrial Revolution, fossil fuel is what created assembly lines and a massive middle class andblue-collar workforce, and steel and aluminum, copper, nickel and electricity and lights at night and automobilesand trucks, refrigeration, heat in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, and on and on and on.

  4. John Delaney:

    I grew up in a time when we had institutions in our society that really supported people. And I don't think we see that here today, i mean, I grew up in a blue collar family. My dad was an electrician. Neither of my parents went to college. I needed scholarships from my dad's union to give me the opportunity to get the education that I have received. And I had this amazing kind of American dream-type life where I worked hard and played by the rules.

  5. Lou Shapiro:

    Today, the news is fresh and society's anger and disgust is at a high, over the course of the next several months, after tempers cool, I expect that the public will view this case more analytically than emotionally, and realize that a federal state prison sentence on a first-time white-collar offense, under these facts, with these parents, might be a bit too punitive.

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Translations for collar

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  • ياقةArabic
  • яға, яҡаBashkir
  • нашийник, огърлица, я́ка, хомотBulgarian
  • collar, collera, jou, collCatalan, Valencian
  • límec, obojekCzech
  • Kragen, Halskette, Halsband, RingGerman
  • kolumoEsperanto
  • yugo, cuello, collarSpanish
  • kaelarihm, kraest haarama, kinni nabima, kaelus, kraeEstonian
  • گریبان, یقهPersian
  • kaulailla, kaulaketju, dominoida, pannoittaa, puhua, längittää, kaulus, kaulain, panta, länget, irtokaulus, kaulapanta, kauluri, sitoa, ottaa kiinni, kiinni, hallitaFinnish
  • collier, colFrench
  • bónaIrish
  • coilearScottish Gaelic
  • קולר, צווארוןHebrew
  • gallérHungarian
  • օձիք, մանյակArmenian
  • bavera, anello, collo, fascetta, collare, bavero, collettoItalian
  • 襟, 首輪, カラーJapanese
  • kara, karakakīMāori
  • кра́гна, о́брач, околувра́тник, о́главник, огла́вува, при́тега, ја́каMacedonian
  • kolar, relang, dabaMalay
  • nekriem, halsketen, gareel, halsketting, gordel, rand, vatten, halsband, ring, grijpen, halsboord, boord, kraagDutch
  • obroża, kołnierzPolish
  • coleira, colar, deter, colarinho, anel, golaPortuguese
  • хому́т, воротни́к, о́бруч, во́рот, оше́йникRussian
  • ovratnica, vratnik, овратник, овратница, оковратник, ogrljak, огрљак, kragna, ogrlina, ovratnik, ovratlina, огрлина, okovratnik, овратлинаSerbo-Croatian
  • golierSlovak
  • ovratnik, ovratnicaSlovene
  • krageSwedish
  • yakaTurkish

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    A suspicious
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