cruiser

noun cruis·er \ ˈkrü-zər \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

Definition of cruiser

1 : a vehicle that cruises: such as
a : squad car
b : a powerboat with facilities (such as a cabin and plumbing) necessary for living aboard called also cabin cruiser
c : beach cruiser
  • … bikes don't come much more basic than cruisers.
  • —Ron Koch
2 : a large fast moderately armored and gunned warship
3 : a person who cruises

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First Known Use of cruiser

1695

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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CRUISER Defined for English Language Learners

cruiser

Definition of cruiser for English Language Learners

  • : a large and fast military ship

  • : a boat that has room to live on and that is used for pleasure


CRUISER Defined for Kids

cruiser

noun cruis·er \ ˈkrü-zər \

Definition of cruiser for Students

1 : a police car used for patrolling streets and equipped with radio for communicating with headquarters
2 : a warship that is smaller than a battleship
3 : a motorboat equipped for living aboard


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