• (British) IPA: /ˈkɒl.ə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɑ.lɚ/, /ˈkɒl.ɚ/

collar (plural collars)

  1. Anything that encircles the neck.
    1. 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.
      • 1906, Stanley J[ohn] Weyman, chapter I, in Chippinge Borough, New York, N.Y.: McClure, Phillips & Co., OCLC 580270828 ↗, page 01 ↗:
        It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
    2. A decorative band or other fabric around the neckline.
    3. A chain worn around the neck.
    4. A similar detachable item.
    5. A coloured ring round the neck of a bird or mammal.
    6. A band or chain around an animal's neck, used to restrain and/or identify it.
      Make sure your dog has a collar holding an identification tag.
    7. A part of harness designed to distribute the load around the shoulders of a draft animal.
    8. (archaic) A hangman's knot.
  2. A piece of meat from the neck of an animal.
    a collar of brawn
  3. (technology) Any encircling device or structure.
    A nylon collar kept the bolt from damaging the surface underneath.
    • Popular Mechanics Complete Home How-to (page 356)
      In this case, slide the collar of the flapper over the overflow tube until it seats against the bottom of the flush valve.
    1. (rail transport) A physical lockout device to prevent operation of a mechanical signal lever.
    2. (architecture) A ring or cincture.
    3. (architecture) A collar beam.
    4. (mining) A curb, or a horizontal timbering, around the mouth of a shaft.
  4. (in compounds) Of or pertaining to a certain category of professions as symbolized by typical clothing.
  5. (botany) The neck or line of junction between the root of a plant and its stem.
  6. A ringlike part of a mollusk in connection with the esophagus.
  7. (nautical) 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.
  8. (slang) An arrest.
  9. (finance) A trading strategy using options such that there is both an upper limit on profit and a lower limit on loss, constructed through taking equal but opposite positions in a put and a call with different strike prices.
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  • Russian: воротни́к
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  • Portuguese: colar
  • Russian: хому́т
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  • Italian: corona
  • Russian: кро́на

collar (collars, present participle collaring; past and past participle collared)

  1. (transitive) To grab or seize by the collar or neck.
  2. (transitive) To place a collar on, to fit with one.
    Collar and leash aggressive dogs.
  3. (transitive) To seize, capture or detain.
  4. (transitive) To preempt, control stringently and exclusively.
  5. (law enforcement, transitive) To arrest.
  6. (figuratively, transitive) To bind in conversation.
    I managed to collar Fred in the office for an hour.
  7. (transitive) To roll up (beef or other meat) and bind it with string preparatory to cooking.
  8. (transitive, BDSM) To bind (a submissive) to a dominant under specific conditions or obligations.
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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