clerical collar

cler·i·cal col·lar
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kler-i-kuh l kol-er]
    • /ˈklɛr ɪ kəl ˈkɒl ər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kler-i-kuh l kol-er]
    • /ˈklɛr ɪ kəl ˈkɒl ər/

Definitions of clerical collar words

  • noun clerical collar a stiff white collar with no opening at the front that buttons at the back of the neck; the distinctive mark of the clergy in certain Churches 3
  • noun clerical collar a stiff, white collar buttoned at the back, worn by certain members of the clergy 3
  • noun clerical collar a stiff, narrow, bandlike white collar fastened at the back of the neck, worn by certain clerics. 1
  • noun clerical collar A stiff white collar, having no opening at the front, fastened at the back, worn by members of the Christian clergy. 0

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Origin of clerical collar

First appearance:

before 1945
One of the 6% newest English words
First recorded in 1945-50

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Parts of speech for Clerical collar


clerical collar popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 69% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

clerical collar usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clerical collar

noun clerical collar

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