from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stiff white collar in the shape of a band fastened at the back of the neck, worn by certain members of the Christian clergy.
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- n. A stiff white collar, having no opening at the front, fastened at the back, worn by members of the Christian clergy
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stiff white collar with no opening in the front; a distinctive symbol of the clergy
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In spite of the clerical collar and black silk rabat, he looked more like a football player than an Anglican minister.
“I will bring him with me if I come again,” said Mrs. Bradley, feeling certain that the Reverend Noel Wells’s tall, slightly-stooping figure, vacuously cheerful expression and clerical collar would work wonders in restoring Mr Helm’s fast-ebbing nerve.