Definition of colliery in US English:

colliery

noun

British
  • A coal mine and the buildings and equipment associated with it.

    • ‘The organisation of services at collieries and contact with miners gave him great pleasure.’
    • ‘The depth of pits in the local collieries frequently exceeded 600 m underground.’
    • ‘Mr Richards had been a banksman at Cleworth Hall Colliery in Tyldesley and until he retired worked as a service man collecting coal samples from collieries throughout Lancashire.’
    • ‘Planning permission already exists for parts of the colliery where coal has been extracted, although these permissions are due to run out this year.’
    • ‘SEVEN collieries in the region are among nine mines to share a £16.5m Government handout designed to help safeguard their future.’
    • ‘Back in 1831, Welsh coal miners at the tower colliery invented the red flag as a symbol of rebellion.’
    • ‘Campaigner Gerald Carr, a retired mining engineer who spent 34 years working in local collieries, is leader of the residents' association.’
    • ‘The shaft is likely to be a remnant of the former colliery on the site.’
    • ‘But unlike in England, where UK Coal owns 13 of the 14 remaining collieries, Scottish Coal had no way of juggling output when Longannet hit production problems.’
    • ‘The colliery is now producing 10,000 tonnes of coal a week, which is 2,000 more than before the mine went into receivership.’
    • ‘A breath of hope came in 1994 when UK Coal's predecessor RJB Mining, bought 21 collieries from British Coal, including many in this region.’
    • ‘UK Coal admitted some equipment had been taken to some of its other pits but said the colliery would be sold to any prospective bidder.’
    • ‘The civic society is appealing for people connected with the colliery to come forward with recollections of life at the pit.’
    • ‘But it is these values that are at odds with those of other local residents (regarded as incomers by the miners) who want to see the open-cast collieries in the area closed.’
    • ‘Dr Raisman's great-grandfather traded in horses, many of which became pit ponies in Yorkshire's collieries.’
    • ‘In 1946, just prior to nationalisation, only 14 out of Fife's 34 collieries had pithead baths; after nationalisation they all got them.’
    • ‘They formed an alliance with Coal Investments, but their bid for six collieries was eventually rejected.’
    • ‘At that time the mining workers' unions of the colliery supported the band financially, each miner paying a penny from his wages.’
    • ‘No one wants a colliery on their doorstep or a coal mine under their home.’
    • ‘Ralph further expanded the road haulage side and was one of the first coal merchants in the south to collect coal direct from collieries in South Wales and the Midlands.’

Pronunciation

colliery

/ˈkälyərē//ˈkɑljəri/