from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The part of a garment that encircles the neck.
  • n. A necklace.
  • n. A restraining or identifying band of leather, metal, or plastic put around the neck of an animal.
  • n. The cushioned part of a harness that presses against the shoulders of a draft animal.
  • n. Biology An encircling structure or bandlike marking, as around the neck of an animal, suggestive of a collar.
  • n. Any of various ringlike devices used to limit, guide, or secure a machine part.
  • n. Slang An arrest, as of a criminal.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a collar.
  • transitive v. Slang To seize or detain.
  • transitive v. Slang To arrest (a criminal, for example).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of an upper garment (shirt, jacket, etc.) that fits around the neck and throat, especially if sewn from a separate piece of fabric.
  • n. A decorative band or other fabric around the neckline
  • n. A chain worn around the neck
  • n. A similar detachable item
  • n. Anything that encircles the neck.
  • n. A band or chain around an animal's neck, used to restrain and/or identifie it.
  • n. A part of harness designed to distribute the load around the shoulders of a draft animal.
  • n. Any encircling device or structure.
  • n. Of or pertaining to a certain category of professions as symbolized by typical clothing.
  • n. A physical lockout device to prevent operation of a mechanical signal lever.
  • v. To grab or seize by the collar or neck.
  • v. To place a collar on, to fit with one.
  • v. To seize, capture or detain.
  • v. To preempt, control stringently and exclusively.
  • v. To arrest.
  • v. To bind in conversation.
  • v. To roll up (beef or other meat) and bind it with string preparatory to cooking.
  • v. To bind a submissive to a dominant under specific conditions or obligations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Something worn round the neck, whether for use, ornament, restraint, or identification.
  • n.
  • n. A ring or cincture.
  • n. A collar beam.
  • n. The neck or line of junction between the root of a plant and its stem.
  • n. An ornament worn round the neck by knights, having on it devices to designate their rank or order.
  • n.
  • n. A ringlike part of a mollusk in connection with esophagus.
  • n. A colored ring round the neck of a bird or mammal.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A curb, or a horizontal timbering, around the mouth of a shaft.
  • transitive v. To seize by the collar.
  • transitive v. To put a collar on.
  • transitive v. to arrest, as a wanted criminal. Same as put the collar on.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To seize by the collar.
  • To put a collar on.
  • To roll up and bind (a piece of meat): as, to collar beef. See collared beef, under collared.
  • In racing slang, to draw up to; get even with or be neck-and-neck with in racing.
  • In cricket, to become complete master of (the bowling): said of the batsman.
  • To lay hold of; ‘nab’; take possession of; in foot-ball, to tackle.
  • n. Something worn about the neck, whether for restraint, convenience, or ornament.
  • n. Anything resembling a collar; something in the form of a collar, or analogous to a collar in situation.
  • n. A sort of punch made of sack, cider, and sugar. The Cheats, 1662, in Wright.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over
  • n. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
  • n. (zoology) an encircling band or marking around the neck of any animal
  • v. furnish with a collar
  • n. a short ring fastened over a rod or shaft to limit, guide, or secure a machine part
  • n. necklace that fits tightly around a woman's neck
  • n. anything worn or placed about the neck
  • v. seize by the neck or collar
  • n. the stitching that forms the rim of a shoe or boot
  • v. take into custody
  • n. a band of leather or rope that is placed around an animal's neck as a harness or to identify it
  • n. a figurative restraint


Middle English coler, from Old French colier, from Latin collāre, from collum, neck.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English coler, from Old French coler (Modern French collier, col), from Latin collare, from collum ("neck"). Cognate with Gothic  (hals, "neck"), Old English heals ("neck"). More at halse. (Wiktionary)



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  • In coinmaking, a device in a minting press that restricts the outward flow of metal during striking. The collar allows the rounding process to be much more precise, and it may also be used to put an edge design on the coin.

    April 23, 2008