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 Piggly Wiggly had only one five-point critical violation for storing food in the walk-in cooler between six and seven degrees above acceptable levels. Howard Koplowitz |,, "The 10 worst restaurant health scores in Jefferson County for June 2019," 2 July 2019 Tubing on the Salt River Tubes, coolers, friends and weird sunburns. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 The collaboration with Zimmer, however, shows it’s making a bigger push into cooler, more distinctive sounds. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "BMW electric car sounds are being made by film composer Hans Zimmer," 29 June 2019 Coleman 100-Quart Wheeled Cooler for $50 ($30 off): This Coleman cooler will keep those tasty beverages cool for your 4th of July celebrations. Wired Staff, WIRED, "ThinkGeek Items Are 75% Off, and Google Speakers Are on Sale," 29 June 2019 Limit these activities to the cooler times of day, like mornings or evenings. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: How to keep cool this summer without A/C," 28 June 2019 Some areas of the Lone Star State have cooler summers than others — albeit not by much. Dallas News, "Best places to drink tequila in Dallas, Irving's gondola rides and more from Curious Texas this week," 28 June 2019 Make sure to enjoy the warm weather in a cool space and exercise outdoors during the cooler parts of the day -- morning or evening time. Nina Avramova, CNN, "How your health is at risk during a heatwave," 28 June 2019 That sounds downright pleasant to residents of cooler climes and does not capture the lethal menace of the weather phenomenon. M.d., The Economist, "What is a heatwave?," 28 June 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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