1300–50; Middle English coliere; see coal, -ier1 Unabridged


Jeremy, 1650–1726, English clergyman and author. Unabridged
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collier (ˈkɒlɪə)
1.  a coal miner
2.  a.  a ship designed to transport coal
 b.  a member of its crew
[C14: from coal + -ier]

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Word Origin & History

1276, "charcoal maker and seller," from M.E. col (see coal). They were notorious for cheating. Sense of "ship for hauling coal" is from 1625.
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Example sentences for collier
Alex collier former irs auditor claiming to be in contact with aliens from andromeda.
Collier changed the format slightly to make it more readable in book form.
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