collar

A collar goes around a neck. For a human, it’s the neckband of a shirt or jacket. For an animal, it’s a neckband that attaches to a leash, kills fleas, or makes a poodle feel fancy.

The color of your collar says something about what you do. “Blue collar” refers to people who do manual labor while “white collar” refers to people with desk jobs. Animals generally don’t care what their collars look like. When it's a verb, collar means "apprehend" or "arrest," as when a police detective finally collars an elusive bank robber. This meaning arose from the 17th century use of collar, "grab someone by the neck."

Primary Meanings of collar

1.
nv
a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over
furnish with a collar
2.
nv
a figurative restraint
seize by the neck or collar
3.
n
a short ring fastened over a rod or shaft to limit, guide, or secure a machine part
4.
n
the stitching that forms the rim of a shoe or boot
Full Definitions of collar
1

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

Synonyms:
neckband
Types:
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choker, neck ruff, ruff, ruffle
a high tight collar
Roman collar, clerical collar, dog collar
a stiff white collar with no opening in the front; a distinctive symbol of the clergy
Eton collar
broad white collar worn over the lapels of a jacket
Peter Pan collar
a flat collar with rounded ends that meet in front
rabato, rebato
a wired or starched collar of intricate lace; worn in 17th century
polo-neck collar, turtleneck collar
a high close-fitting turnover collar
fraise
a ruff for the neck worn in the 16th century
Type of:
band
a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)

n 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”
Type of:
neckpiece
an article of apparel worn about the neck

n necklace that fits tightly around a woman's neck

Synonyms:
choker, dog collar, neckband
Type of:
necklace
jewelry consisting of a cord or chain (often bearing gems) worn about the neck as an ornament (especially by women)

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

Type of:
band, banding, stria, striation
a stripe or stripes of contrasting color

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

Types:
dog collar
a collar for a dog
Type of:
band
a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)

v furnish with a collar

collar the dog”
Type of:
equip, fit, fit out, outfit
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
2

n a figurative restraint

“asked for a collar on program trading in the stock market”
Synonyms:
leash
Type of:
restraint
the act of controlling by restraining someone or something

n the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

“the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar
Synonyms:
apprehension, arrest, catch, pinch, taking into custody
Type of:
capture, gaining control, seizure
the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

v seize by the neck or collar

Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

v take into custody

Synonyms:
apprehend, arrest, cop, nab, nail, pick up
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab
3

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

Type of:
hoop, ring
a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
4

n the stitching that forms the rim of a shoe or boot

Synonyms:
shoe collar
Type of:
brim, lip, rim
the top edge of a vessel or other container

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