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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More on Florence This season is projected to be calmer than last year’s, due to cooler temperatures in the mid-Atlantic region where hurricanes typically form. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Winds Confound Scientists’ Ability to Predict Hurricane Florence," 13 Sep. 2018 Staff members feed them late at night, when there are fewer insects swarming around their food and the wolves are more active because of the cooler temperatures, according to sanctuary manager Erik Wilber. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Until Seattle smoke subsides, play fetch with Fido inside, veterinarians say," 20 Aug. 2018 State public health regulations require prison cells to be adequately heated between September 15 and June 15, when cooler temperatures are more likely. Laura Crimaldi,, "Health inspectors visit prisons after receiving complaints about heat," 13 July 2018 The National Weather Service said firefighters should get relief this week from cooler temperatures, the Reuters news service reports. CBS News, "Some progress vs. wildfires raging in drought-stricken West," 9 July 2018 Some relief is expected Friday, with Meteorologists forecasting a high of 23 C (73F), with cooler temperatures continuing through the weekend. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Death Toll in Canada Heat Wave Jumps to 34," 5 July 2018 Hot and humid conditions through the weekend give way to slightly cooler temperatures and lower humidity Monday, but more heat and humidity return after that. Tom Skilling,, "Oppressive heat, high humidity grip Chicago," 29 June 2018 The earth was cooler, the hair was higher, and George H. W. Bush was barely two months into his presidency. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Sure, the Oscars Have Been Done Without a Host Before—But That Doesn’t Mean It Works," 18 Feb. 2019 During the extremely hot temps, may of Brookfield Zoo animals are given access to their behind-the-scene areas which officials said are cooler, and many of the habitats have shade coverings with misting fans, the release said. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Animals beat the heat with frozen treats at Brookfield Zoo," 30 June 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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The first known use of cooler was circa 1550

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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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