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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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 When the dog days of summer arrive, fishermen head to the reservoirs and small lakes after dark or before dawn, and put a few catfish in the cooler. cleveland, 2 Sep. 2021 It is believed to have been previously stored in a cooler. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2021 Kathleen Adams, who heads the team, travels around the reservation with vaccines in a cooler, offering to inoculate anybody who still needs it. Richard Read Seattle Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2021 Bonus points if the drink can be transported in a cooler. Kara Newman, WSJ, 28 July 2021 When transporting or serving foods over a period of time, keep cold foods on ice or in a cooler, especially during the hot summer months. Ruth S. Macdonald, The Conversation, 21 July 2021 On June 24, Lakeside was kept shut when a follow-up inspection found 32 live flies lingering around the inside and outdoor bars and kitchen prep table, along with 21 live roaches in the reach-in cooler, in the meat slicer machine and on the wall. Phillip Valys,, 28 June 2021 Beside him, a pair of New Balances sit in a cooler. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 21 June 2021 More:Does opening the garage door just a crack help keep your house cooler? Alison Stanton, The Arizona Republic, 20 Aug. 2021

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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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15 Sep 2021

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“Cooler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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
: 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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