cool·​er | \ ˈkü-lər How to pronounce cooler (audio) \

Definition of cooler

1 : one that cools: such as
a : a container for cooling liquids
2 : lockup, jail especially : a cell for violent or unmanageable prisoners
3 : an iced drink usually with an alcoholic beverage as a base

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Synonyms for cooler


bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jail, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]

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Examples of cooler in a Sentence

The sodas are in the cooler. plea-bargained to avoid spending time in the cooler

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The restaurant was docked five points because several milk jugs stored in a cooler were out of temperature. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "The 10 worst Jefferson County restaurant health scores for July 2019," 5 Aug. 2019 Moving among rows of aeroponic growing towers the pickers plucked leafy greens, herbs and edible flowers like Genovese basil and red Russian kale, washed them and packed them in coolers. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Denver urban farming trend grows from a Sloan’s Lake condo tower to a Larimer Square parking garage," 4 Aug. 2019 The festival, which closed at 6 p.m., was still full of people when the first shots were fired, according to witnesses, who described a chaotic scene with people hiding in coolers and underneath cars. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Four dead, including suspect, and at least 12 hurt in shooting at Gilroy Garlic Festival," 28 July 2019 Pour the marinade over the steak and let marinate overnight in the cooler, or for 2 hours at room temperature. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Erling Wu-Bower shares his signature recipes," 27 July 2019 Bong's Snowpiercer already felt like a TV show in a lot of ways—a long, dark bottle episode submerged in the cooler of an Ice Age. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Snowpiercer Trains an Eye on TV—and Its Genre DNA Runs Deep," 21 July 2019 Approximately 6 grams of marijuana in a cooler reportedly purchased from a dispensary in Las Vegas were discovered in the cab of the vehicle. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Traffic stop in southwest Minnesota nets almost 100 pounds of pot," 21 July 2019 Raw shelled eggs stored above cooked beef, pork and green onions in cooler. Ebony Day, azcentral, "White and yellow slime on orange juice dispenser found in this week's restaurant inspections," 17 July 2019 The group donated 17,000 meals to the Second Harvest Food Bank, which will store them in a cooler through the storm, and then give them to South Louisiana residents who weather Barry, the food bank said Friday in a Facebook post. Michelle Lou, CNN, "A sorority canceled its convention because of Hurricane Barry. Members donated 17,000 meals to storm victims," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of cooler

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cooler

cool entry 2 + -er entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of cooler

: a container for keeping food or drinks cool
US : a cold drink that usually contains alcohol
informal + somewhat old-fashioned : a prison or jail


cool·​er | \ ˈkü-lər How to pronounce cooler (audio) \

Kids Definition of cooler

: a container for keeping food or drinks cool

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