cool·​er ˈkü-lər How to pronounce cooler (audio)
: one that cools: such as
: a container for cooling liquids
: lockup, jail
especially : a cell for violent or unmanageable prisoners
: an iced drink usually with an alcoholic beverage as a base

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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cooler was circa 1550

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Cite this Entry

“Cooler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


cool·​er ˈkü-lər How to pronounce cooler (audio)
: a container for keeping food or drink cool

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