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

Recent Examples on the Web

For the next week, more often that not, temperatures will remain cooler than normal. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "A hint of spring arrives as summer steps aside over next 10 days," 4 June 2018 But research out of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Collier County, has shown that the sand in Southwest Florida has remained cooler, producing slightly more male turtles than female, Schmid said. Greg Stanley, USA TODAY, "Loggerhead sea turtle tastes the freedom of the ocean," 8 May 2018 On Tuesday temperatures will rebound back toward normal but will remain cooler with highs expected to range from the mid-40s to mid-50s. Sarah Brookbank,, "Cincinnati weather: Snow showers, freeze warning," 16 Apr. 2018 As previously mentioned, the LUXEbreeze promises to keep you eight degrees cooler throughout the night than all other Tempur-Pedic Adapt collection beds. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know Before Buying The Tempur-Pedic LUXEbreeze Mattress," 15 Apr. 2019 ConceptD is Acer’s new brand of PCs made for creative professionals who need gaming-class graphics power, but in quieter, cooler systems, better suited for corporate and studio environments. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Sorry, gamers: Acer's ConceptD PCs are powerful, quiet, and cool, but made for creators," 12 Apr. 2019 And with popular actors Ross Butler and Jordan Fisher recently joining the upcoming Netflix sequel, the already-cool squad just got even cooler. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Best Behind the Scenes Moments From the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" Sequel," 6 Apr. 2019 After Leclerc finished about 0.3 seconds ahead of Vettel in the hot afternoon sun, Vettel was then only 0.035 clear of Leclerc when temperatures dropped considerably on the desert circuit in the cooler evening session. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Ferrari’s Vettel and Leclerc top both Bahrain GP practices," 29 Mar. 2019 In terms of functionality, the cooler is made with Zephyr's PreciseTemp temperature control technology and Active Cooling Technology. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Zephyr's Presrv Dual Zone Wine Cooler Is the Ultimate Must-Have for Wine Lovers," 6 Mar. 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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