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 State and local governments have long experience riding the revenue roller-coaster. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "A Federal Bailout Won’t Fix States’ Finances," 26 Apr. 2020 The coasters have garnered a 4.7 rating out of 5, and racked in a series of positive reviews from customers who noted how much their lyric fumbling friends enjoyed them. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Mistaken Lyrics Coasters Are the Perfect Gift for Your Friend Who Always Messes up the Song," 3 Mar. 2020 Sowers used letters from young girls to help handle the long hours required of NFL coaches and survive the emotionally draining roller-coaster of a regular season. Washington Post, "Katie Sowers trailblazer as 1st woman coach at Super Bowl," 31 Jan. 2020 At 86 feet, Tsunami Surge at Six Flags Great America’s Hurricane Harbor water park in Illinois will be the world‘s tallest water coaster. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "What’s the attraction? Lots to love at theme parks in 2020, including a new Legoland," 29 Jan. 2020 The monogrammed letter comes in gold to give the coaster an elegant, and personalized, finish. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "18 last-minute gift ideas for anyone left on your holiday list," 16 Dec. 2019 The flavor profile for the Time Traveler roller coaster — the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning coaster — includes chocolate silk, fudge, caramel and marshmallow. Diana Lambdin Meyer, Dallas News, "Culinary school cooks up excitement at Silver Dollar City," 30 July 2019 Since opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in 1999, this indoor coaster has thrilled thousands of guests with its launch start that goes from 0 to 57 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "This Video Shows Exactly How Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Works, According to Disney Engineers," 11 Apr. 2020 Bottom line: Sometimes being wrong has its perks, like these fun coasters. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Mistaken Lyrics Coasters Are the Perfect Gift for Your Friend Who Always Messes up the Song," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of coaster

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2020

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“Coaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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