Definition of collabo in English:


nounPlural collabos

  • 1(chiefly in the context of the German occupation of France during the Second World War) a person who collaborates with an enemy; a collaborator.

    ‘they meted out rough justice to collabos in areas freed of German control’
    as modifier ‘confiscated collabo properties’
    • ‘Indeed, women returning from concentration camps were often mistaken for collabos because of their shaven heads and the headscarves or turbans they wore to cover it up.’
    • ‘The wrong man is in the dock and the trial is just a diversion to avoid facing up to the truth. What we want to see is the punishment of French 'collabos'.’
    • ‘For some French men and women the occupation was actually a source of new opportunities. That life was sweet for the collabos is clear.’
    • ‘Would you have been a resistant, or a collabo?’
    • ‘Since there is a battle for Free France, there is from now on the resistance fighters and the "collabos".’
    • ‘De Gaulle built a roof for all those who had come through the war, former resistants, Vichyistes, collabos, Free French, and Jewish survivors.’
    • ‘Even though tens of thousands of French men and women collabos had escaped punishment, being a willing bedmate and helpmate of a German officer still reeked of treason in 1972.’
    • ‘Klarsfeld said the trial would be a major opportunity to shed light on the role of French Nazi collaborators, or collabos.’
    • ‘Sartre's behavior during the occupation, though he was never a collabo, was less heroic than his immediate postwar views might suggest.’
    • ‘Across France, some 20,000 women had their heads shaved, and around 7,500 collabos were summarily executed.’
    • ‘They follow the despised "collabo" into exile, as he desperately tries to cross devastated Germany in the last months of the war in order to reach the safe haven of Denmark.’
  • 2informal Something produced by two or more people working together, especially a piece of music; a collaboration.

    ‘the trio won a Grammy for their hit collabo with the Gorillaz’
    • ‘How's that for an odd collabo?’
    • ‘What kind of bizarro pop collabo is this? Arcade Fire and Cyndi Lauper teamed up to play the '80s star's Girls Just Want To Have Fun at the New Orleans Jazz Fest.’
    • ‘The guys are busy doing collabos with some US artistes.’
    • ‘It's a natural collabo, dahling.’
    • ‘He penned a track for the upcoming Willie Nelson collabo album.’
    • ‘It's been over a decade since their first collabo, Dance Hall at Louse Point, so get your tickets now before they sell out!’
    • ‘The odds of that happening were about the same as an Eminem/Moby collabo.’
    • ‘On Tuesday night, Bieber posted a link on Twitter to a short video from Carey talking about her "festive collabo" and how thrilled she is about it.’
    • ‘"Who Is She 2U" is just a delicious taste of the fruits of this collabo, but again, the commercial response was underwhelming.’
    • ‘Anyway, the collabo is going to be a new version of the Arctic Monkeys' hit I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.’
    • ‘His collabo, Breathe with Blu Cantrell, is a dance floor hit.’
    • ‘I also knew I wanted to do a collabo with Young Einstein, whom I had met while touring with Ugly Duckling (he's their producer and DJ).’
    • ‘We wanted more solo Foster, but settled for the excellent Born Heller collabo with Jason Ajemian.’
    • ‘Then he can move onto a DualDisc collabo with Animal Collective and Will Oldham.’
    • ‘Not only have we got the album to get excited about, but a collabo with this one dude who has to be, quite simply, the baddest beat boxer in the world.’
    • ‘The album kicks off with positive energy with the collabo Starting All Over Again with Oleta Adams.’
    • ‘I would love to do a collabo with her in future if she would be interested.’
    • ‘The site has had, for some time now, a strange fascination with the Christo and Jean-Claude collabo.’