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.
Recent Examples on the Web Economic volatility, whether via roller-coaster oil prices or from recurrent financial crises, inflicts further damage on other sectors. Nicholas Shaxson, Time, "To Boost Prosperity, We Must Shrink the Financial Sector," 27 Nov. 2019 Firstly, United, who with a win would have gone back to the top of the Premier League, lost to basement boys Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford in a roller-coaster of an encounter., "12 of the Biggest Giant Killings in Premier League History," 16 Sep. 2019 The ceremony Friday afternoon capped a roller-coaster week of political and financial turmoil that saw stock markets around the world plunge and Italy's borrowing rates soar on the threat of a new election in Europe's third-largest economy. Nicole Winfield,, "Italian populists sworn into power as euroskeptics cheer birth of new government coalition," 1 June 2018 Over the course of three roller-coaster months, 14,076 people contributed $342,106 to Chauncy’s Chance. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "When GoFundMe Gets Ugly," 9 Oct. 2019 The touchdown was part of a roller-coaster game that delighted the sellout crowd in London. Los Angeles Times, "Josh Jacobs’ late touchdown rallies Raiders to victory over Bears in London," 6 Oct. 2019 Her roller-coaster life included her parents’ divorce, Star Wars, high-profile relationships, mental illness, and motherhood. Joel Stein, Town & Country, "Are All the Most Interesting People Already Dead?," 27 Sep. 2019 Hasbrouck’s roller-coaster relationship with cancer began in 2008 with a routine mammogram. Loretta Waldman,, "Despite roller-coaster of multiple cancers, Middletown woman embraces every day," 25 Sep. 2019 After a roller-coaster season that began with hopes climbing and then plummeting, the question is how far from last April the Padres are. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: Roster decisions face Preller, new Padres manager," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of coaster

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Dec 2019

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“Coaster.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of coaster

: a small, flat object on which a glass, cup, or dish is placed to protect the surface of a table
: a ship that sails along a coast or that is used in trade between ports of the same country


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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