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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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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But one piece of gear has remained largely unchanged for decades: the lowly water cooler. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Yeti's Silo 6G Reinvents the Water Cooler," 5 July 2018 Today will likely be a tad cooler than Saturday, Atlanta — but should be just as gorgeous otherwise. Tyler Estep, ajc, "Atlanta weather: Cooler but ‘blue skies as far as the eyes can see’," 29 Apr. 2018 But cooler heads prevailed, and the catalog went out as planned. Clifford Pugh, Houston Chronicle, "Remembering Betsy Parish, one of Houston’s favorite social scribes," 6 Apr. 2018 The cooler temperature helps seal in the moisture from the conditioner. Devon Abelman, Allure, "11 Curl-Washing Tips From Real Women With Kinky-Curly Hair," 12 July 2018 Tropical storms usually mean high winds and heavy rain, but this one in the Atlantic is driving away the humidity and bringing Georgia cooler temperatures, according to Channel 2. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "TUESDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: ‘Comfortable,’ dry sky for morning commute," 10 July 2018 Little if any relief is expected next week, as high pressure blocks cooler temperatures in the Rockies and western Plains from moving eastward into the Northeast. Gary Lessor,, "Saturday To Be In High 90s, Sunday To Approach 110 Degrees," 29 June 2018 The risk of a temperature inversion, which would trap smoke from the burns under a layer of cooler air and thus affect locals with asthma or other breathing problems, slowed the department down Tuesday. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "After delay, Sacramento continues controlled burns to ward off 'catastrophic' fires," 19 June 2018 Today, temperatures are expected to reach 93 degrees before thunderstorms usher in cooler air after 8 p.m. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit to cool down ahead of Ford train station event," 18 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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Phrases Related to cooler

cooler heads prevail

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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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