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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Kid creators Children’s ideas are just cooler than adult ones, says artistic director Lee Overtree, who co-founded the Story Pirates in 2004. Vicky Hallett, Washington Post, "For the Story Pirates, kids’ creativity is a treasure," 18 Sep. 2019 Inside, customers are greeted by themed merchandising displays, such a tailgate party theme showcasing Igloo coolers, portable grill and Houston Texans jerseys. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Academy Sports opening next generation store in Richmond today," 15 Sep. 2019 There was a table filled with Yeti coolers and accessories – all going to one lucky winner. Sam Boyer,, "Unique fundraiser required ear plugs: Photos," 15 Sep. 2019 Sunday will be even cooler, said Scott Rowe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Sarah Ravani,, "Bay Area starts to cool down this weekend," 14 Sep. 2019 Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "More mosquito-borne dengue fever cases reported in South Florida," 13 Sep. 2019 Coroners were embalming bodies after running out of space in coolers, Health Minister Duane Sands said in a radio interview. Christopher Martin,, "36 hours of pummeling just one spot made Dorian unique," 12 Sep. 2019 Some schools have brought in fans and portable evaporative coolers, Jones said. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Denver teachers union hopes TABOR money could fund air conditioning in more schools," 12 Sep. 2019 Sunday will likely be cooler, with a high only near 71 and a few clouds creeping into the sky, according to the weather service. Lucas Phillips,, "Temperatures in the 70s are expected this weekend before rain on Labor Day," 31 Aug. 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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