/ ˈkɒlə(r); NAmE ˈkɑːl-/ noun , verb
the part around the neck of a shirt, jacket or coat that usually folds down :
a coat with a fur collar
I turned up my collar against the wind (= to keep warm) .
He always wears a collar and tie for work.
—picture at blouse
—see also blue-collar , dog collar , white-collar , wing collar
a band of leather or plastic put around the neck of an animal, especially a dog :
a collar and lead / leash
( technical ) a band made of a strong material that is put round sth, such as a pipe or a piece of machinery, to make it stronger or to join two parts together
see hot adjective
■ verb [ vn ] ( informal )
to capture sb and hold them tightly so that they cannot escape from you :
Police collared the culprit as he was leaving the premises.
to stop sb in order to talk to them :
I was collared in the street by a woman doing a survey.
Middle English : from Old French colier , from Latin collare band for the neck, collar, from collum neck.