One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of an animal: having a band of white hairs or feathers on the neck.
2Wearing a white collar.
3Of a person: employed in non-manual work, especially office work of an administrative, managerial, or clerical nature.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Pennant (1726–1798), naturalist, traveller, and writer. From white + collared.
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