Definition of collier noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    collier

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒliə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːliər//
     
     
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  1. 1(old-fashioned, especially British English) = coal miner
  2. 2a ship that carries coal
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from coal + -ier. The original sense was ‘maker of charcoal’, who usually brought it to market, hence ‘person selling charcoal’, later ‘person selling coal’, which gave rise to the current senses.
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