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[kol-yer] /ˈkɒl yər/
a ship for carrying coal.
a coal miner.
Obsolete. a person who carries or sells coal.
Origin of collier
1300-50; Middle English coliere; see coal, -ier1


[kol-yer] /ˈkɒl yər/
Jeremy, 1650–1726, English clergyman and author. Unabridged
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  • It has brought the Alert nearly two feet lower in the water; while as to the Seagull she is laden down like a collier.

    One of the 28th G. A. Henty
  • Two were banged; Paten and another, named collier, acquitted.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • Daily called collier's attention to the marcel waves beating on a fellow's shoulder over in the left-hand box.

    Continuous Vaudeville Will M. Cressy
  • My name is collier; I never changed it I, too, was in the dock on that day.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • Having accomplished their desires, Daily now took collier by the arm and they started off stage.

    Continuous Vaudeville Will M. Cressy
British Dictionary definitions for collier


noun (mainly Brit)
a coal miner
  1. a ship designed to transport coal
  2. a member of its crew
Word Origin
C14: from coal + -ier
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Word Origin and History for collier

late 13c., collere "charcoal maker and seller," agent noun from Middle English col (see coal). They were notorious for cheating their customers. Sense of "ship for hauling coal" is from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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