Meaning of “colliery” in the English Dictionary

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"colliery" in British English

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collierynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒl.i.ə.ri/ us /ˈkɑːl.jɚ.i/

Examples from literature

  • His father was a very humble workman, who filled the position of fireman of the pumping-engine in use at the colliery, at three dollars a week. 
  • Lord Ashley's Bill was passed, prohibiting woman and child labour in mines and collieries. 
  • The colliery may close, but still the corn ripens, and extra wages are paid to the harvest men. 
  • The work put into the cellars of the colliery houses here was quite extraordinary. 
  • Two collieries, among the fields, waved their small white plumes of steam. 

(Definition of “colliery” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"colliery" in Business English

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collierynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒljəri/ us UK NATURAL RESOURCES, PRODUCTION

a mine from which coal is dug, and all the buildings, machines, etc. connected with it:

The Earth Centre is built on the site of a former colliery.

(Definition of “colliery” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)