coast·​er | \ ˈkō-stər How to pronounce coaster (audio) \

Definition of coaster

1 : one that coasts: such as
a : a person engaged in coastal traffic or commerce
b : a ship sailing along a coast or engaged in trade between ports of the same country
2 : a resident of a seacoast
3a : a tray or decanter stand usually of silver and sometimes on wheels
b : a shallow container or a plate or mat to protect a surface
4a : a small vehicle (such as a sled or wagon) used in coasting

Examples of coaster in a Sentence

Set the glass on a coaster.
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First Known Use of coaster

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2022

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“Coaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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coast·​er | \ ˈkō-stər How to pronounce coaster (audio) \

Kids Definition of coaster

1 : a ship that sails or trades along a coast
2 : a small mat on which a glass is placed to protect the surface of a table

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