cooler

noun cool·er \ ˈkü-lər \

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

Examples of cooler in a Sentence

  1. The sodas are in the cooler.

  2. plea-bargained to avoid spending time in the cooler

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First Known Use of cooler

circa 1550

cooler Synonyms

Synonyms
bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], jail, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]
Related Words
bull pen, cage, cell, hole, tank; block, ward; glasshouse [British], guardhouse, hulk (s); concentration camp, gulag, labor camp, prison camp, stalag, work camp; dungeon, keep, oubliette; reformatory, reform school, training school
Near Antonyms
outside


COOLER Defined for English Language Learners

cooler

noun

Definition of cooler for English Language Learners

  • : a container for keeping food or drinks cool

  • : a cold drink that usually contains alcohol

  • the cooler : a prison or jail


COOLER Defined for Kids

cooler

noun cool·er \ ˈkü-lər \

Definition of cooler for Students

:a container for keeping food or drinks cool


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