AskDefine | Define collar

Dictionary Definition



1 a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over [syn: neckband]
2 a band of leather or rope that is placed around an animal's neck as a harness or to identify it
3 necklace that fits tightly around a woman's neck [syn: choker, dog collar, neckband]
4 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" [syn: leash]
5 the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar" [syn: apprehension, arrest, catch, pinch, taking into custody]


1 take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected criminals" [syn: nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, cop]
2 seize by the neck or collar
3 furnish with a collar; "collar the dog"

User Contributed Dictionary



From coler (modern: collier, col), from collare.



  1. The part of a shirt or jacket that fits around the neck and throat.
  2. A similar detachable item
  3. Anything that encircles the neck.
  4. A band or chain around an animal's neck, used to restrain the animal and/or for identification.
    Make sure your dog has a collar holding an identification tag.
    See also a Wikipedia article on w horse collar.
  5. A part of harness designed to distribute the load around the shoulders of the draft animal.
  6. In the context of "technology": Any encircling device or structure.
    A nylon collar kept the bolt from damaging the surface underneath.
  7. In the context of "in compounds": Of or pertaining to a certain category of professions; see -collar.


part of clothing around throat
detachable collar
anything around the neck
device for restraining animal
part of harness
any encircling device or structure


  1. To place a collar on.
    Collar and leash your dog.
  2. To seize or detain.
  3. To arrest.
  4. To bind in conversation.
    I managed to collar Fred in the office yesterday.


place a collar on
seize or detain
bind in conversation


  1. necklace
  2. dog collar for a dog.

Extensive Definition

A collar is something which goes around the neck of a person, animal, or thing (such as a bottle).
Specifically, collar may mean:
  • Collar (clothing), the part of a garment that fastens around or frames the neck.
  • Collar (animal), a strap for an animal's neck to which a leash or harness may be attached.
  • Collar (BDSM), a device of any material placed around the neck of the submissive partner in BDSM.
  • Collar (jewelry), an ornament for the neck, especially a close-fitting necklace popular in the Edwardian period and sporadically thereafter, or a livery collar worn around the neck and shoulders as a mark of office.
  • Cervical collar is a supporting device used by medicine in cases of trauma or weakness of the neck spine
  • Collar (finance), a combination of an equal number of call and put options at slightly different exercise prices.
  • Collars is also used metonymically (and usually in a derogatory manner) to refer to members of the clergy.
  • Collars are a mechanical piece in a gearbox which engages the gears of the driveshaft onto the layshaft of the gearbox.
  • Collar can also mean to arrest or charge a perpetrator with a crime.
collar in Spanish: Collar
collar in Dutch: Kraag
collar in German: Kragen

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Oregon boat, Roman collar, anklet, apprehend, appropriate, armlet, armory, arrest, back band, backstrap, badge, badge of office, badges, bag, band, bandanna, baton, bearing rein, bellyband, belt, bertha, bilbo, bit, blazonry, blinders, blinds, boa, bond, bonds, bottle up, bowtie, bracelet, brassard, breakers, breeching, bridle, bust, button, button-down collar, cabbage, camisole, cap and gown, caparison, capture, cavesson, celluloid collar, chain, chain of office, chains, checkrein, cheekpiece, chinband, choke, choker, cinch, cincture, cingulum, class ring, clerical collar, clout, cockade, collarband, comforter, cop, cravat, cross, crownband, crupper, cuffs, curb, decoration, dog collar, dress, eagle, earring, ecliptic, emblems, ensigns, equator, fasces, fascia, fetter, figurehead, fillet, finger ring, fleur-de-lis, foam, four-in-hand, froth, fur, gag, gag swivel, get, girdle, girt, girth, grab, great circle, guimpe, gyves, hackamore, halter, hames, hametugs, hammer and sickle, hamper, handcuffs, harness, head, headgear, headstall, heraldry, hip straps, hobbles, hook, hoop, hopples, insignia, irons, jaquima, jerk line, kerchief, lapel pin, lather, leading strings, leash, lift, lines, livery, mace, make a pinch, manacle, mantle, markings, martingale, medal, meringue, mortarboard, mousse, muffler, muzzle, nab, nail, neckband, neckcloth, neckerchief, necklace, neckpiece, necktie, nip, nose ring, noseband, offscum, old school tie, pick up, pillory, pin, pinch, plunging neckline, pole strap, puff, pull in, put under arrest, quoit, regalia, reins, restraint, restraints, ribbons, ring, rose, ruff, run in, saddle, scarf, school ring, scud, scum, sea foam, secure, shackle, shaft tug, shamrock, side check, sigillography, skull and crossbones, snaffle, soapsuds, souffle, sphragistics, spindrift, spoondrift, spray, spume, staff, steal, stinging, stock, stocks, stole, straightjacket, strait-waistcoat, straitjacket, stranglehold, suds, surcingle, surf, swastika, tack, tackle, take, take in, take into custody, take prisoner, tallith, tartan, tether, thistle, tie, tippet, trammel, trammels, trappings, tree, tucker, tug, uniform, verge, wand, white water, winker braces, wristband, wristlet, yoke, zodiac, zone
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1