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collier

[kol-yer] /ˈkɒl yər/
noun
1.
a ship for carrying coal.
2.
a coal miner.
3.
Obsolete. a person who carries or sells coal.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English coliere; see coal, -ier1

Collier

[kol-yer] /ˈkɒl yər/
noun
1.
Jeremy, 1650–1726, English clergyman and author.
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British Dictionary definitions for collier

collier

/ˈkɒlɪə/
noun (mainly Brit)
1.
a coal miner
2.
  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
n.

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.

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