Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A coal miner.
  • n. A coal ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person in the business or occupation of producing (digging or mining coal or making charcoal) or in its transporting or commerce.
  • n. A vessel carrying a bulk cargo of coal
  • n. A nickname used by the traveller community, referring to a non-traveller

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One engaged in the business of digging mineral coal or making charcoal, or in transporting or dealing in coal.
  • n. A vessel employed in the coal trade.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A digger of coal; one who works in a coal-mine.
  • n. A coal-merchant or dealer in coal.
  • n. A coasting-vessel employed in the coal-trade.
  • n. The gaper, Mya truncata, a bivalve mollusk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who works in a coal mine

Etymologies

Middle English colier, from col, coal, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English colier, from col ("coal") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then I called the collier, and Wulfhere questioned him, and soon was glad as I that I had met with him, saying that in an hour we should be in safety.

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  • Macarthur Coal Ltd, raising the ante in the battle for the collier which is now at the centre of three takeover bids.

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  • We were a tramp collier, rusty and battered, with six thousand tons of coal in our hold.

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  • Well, anyway, it ain't so many years ago that I came ambling in there on a rusty, foul-bottomed, tramp collier from Australia, forty-three days from land to land.

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  • It beggars belief that people with little or no operational experience are calling the shots – would you have a shop owner advise a collier how to mine for coal?

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  • Very soon after the pilot left, Captain Henry George Kendall, on his first trip with the Empress, saw a low-lying collier coming up the river.

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  • The piece is "a hybrid of traditional British collier band and a symphonic brass section."

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  • I ask every American to ignore the ugly American and be there with a hard working law abiding American. ellen collier

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  • Today Billy would begin his working life by becoming an apprentice collier, as most of the men in town had done at his age.

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  • He says the nugget he saw, Jones says, was bigger than the whole exhibit put together and then some and begins by saying he went to Ecuador on a tramp collier out of Australia after hearing of high wages on the American railroad running from Guayaquil over the Andes to Quito.

    “It was the Golden Fleece ready for the shearing.”

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