cool·​er | \ˈkü-lər \

Definition of cooler 

1 : one that cools: such as

a : a container for cooling liquids

b : refrigerator

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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Lessor said the average temperature for the first 15 days of June was 65.2 — 1.1 degree cooler than average. Kathleen Megan,, "Temperatures To Hit 90s Sunday And Monday," 17 June 2018 Getty Images The cast of Ocean's 8 can officially not get any cooler. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "The Empowering Reason the 'Ocean's 8' Cast Paused Filming for Anne Hathaway," 13 June 2018 But Urban Decay is here to one-up all of them—because the cooler-than-thou makeup brand is fulfilling our wildest dreams and releasing a new eyeshadow palette. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Urban Decay's Born to Run Palette Is as Perfect for Summer as It Gets," 6 June 2018 But that could change if cooler than normal Atlantic waters continue to heat up. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "New hurricane center chief kicks off season with familiar warning: be prepared," 1 June 2018 Forecasters say water temperatures in the eastern and central tropical Atlantic Ocean remain cooler than normal at present, a deterrent to storms. Jennifer Larino,, "Experts now expect an 'approximately average' 2018 Atlantic hurricane season," 31 May 2018 Sunday looks cooler and less humid with highs in the upper 60s to mid-70s. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Remaining warm and muggy, with shower chances on the rise again," 30 May 2018 Phil Klotzbach, the lead scientist behind Colorado State’s seasonal outlook, said the salinity levels have been dropping in the northern Atlantic, indicating ocean waters could become cooler than average for the next several decades. Josh Solomon, The Seattle Times, "Scientists predict 10 to 16 named storms this hurricane season," 27 May 2018 La Niña is a naturally occurring phenomenon characterized by cooler than normal water in the eastern Pacific equatorial region. Taylor Ward, CNN, "Get ready for an above-average hurricane season in 2018," 24 May 2018

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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

: a cold drink that usually contains alcohol

the cooler : a prison or jail


cool·​er | \ˈkü-lər \

Kids Definition of cooler

: a container for keeping food or drinks cool

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