Roman collar

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Roman collar a stiff white collar with no opening in the front; a distinctive symbol of the clergy
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Roman collar a collar made of lawn or fine linen, bound and stitched, worn by priests over a black collar, by bishops over a purple, and cardinals over a scarlet
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. RomanusRoma, Rome.

Usage

In literature:

Above the blood-red collar his face had the passive pride of a Roman emperor.
"Prester John" by John Buchan
I know you've a Roman collar.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
His napkin, tucked into his Roman collar, protected his bosom, an effective white cuirass.
"My Friend Prospero" by Henry Harland
The twisted chain, or collar, denoted the chiefs of all the old tribes known as Gauls to the Romans.
"The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P." by Edward Bulwer Lytton
Still, a priest can go in his Roman collar.
"The Priestly Vocation" by Bishop Bernard Ward
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In news:

I am surrounded by both men and women in prayer shawls, and sitting as I am in a black suit and Roman collar it is rather obvious who the visitor is.
Steven Woltornist, just 18 but already wearing a Roman collar, said he came to St Patrick's Cathedral to see a man who derived joy from the priesthood.
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