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."

Definitions of collar
  1. noun
    a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over
    synonyms: neckband
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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
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    band
    a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
  2. noun
    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”
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    neckpiece
    an article of apparel worn about the neck
  3. noun
    necklace that fits tightly around a woman's neck
    synonyms: choker, dog collar, neckband
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    necklace
    jewelry consisting of a cord or chain (often bearing gems) worn about the neck as an ornament (especially by women)
  4. noun
    (zoology) an encircling band or marking around the neck of any animal
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    band, banding, stria, striation
    a stripe or stripes of contrasting color
  5. noun
    a band of leather or rope that is placed around an animal's neck as a harness or to identify it
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    dog collar
    a collar for a dog
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    band
    a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
  6. verb
    furnish with a collar
    collar the dog”
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    equip, fit, fit out, outfit
    provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
  7. noun
    a figurative restraint
    “asked for a collar on program trading in the stock market”
    synonyms: leash
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    restraint
    the act of controlling by restraining someone or something
  8. noun
    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
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    capture, gaining control, seizure
    the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
  9. verb
    seize by the neck or collar
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    clutch, prehend, seize
    take hold of; grab
  10. verb
    take into custody
    synonyms: apprehend, arrest, cop, nab, nail, pick up
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    clutch, prehend, seize
    take hold of; grab
  11. noun
    a short ring fastened over a rod or shaft to limit, guide, or secure a machine part
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    hoop, ring
    a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
  12. noun
    the stitching that forms the rim of a shoe or boot
    synonyms: shoe collar
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    brim, lip, rim
    the top edge of a vessel or other container
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