cruis·​er | \ ˈkrü-zər How to pronounce cruiser (audio) \

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

Examples of cruiser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cruiser quickly turns to follow, and then its red and blue lights begin to flash. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "After a Black man’s death, a D.C. street agonizes over the future of policing," 23 Apr. 2021 The car stopped after seeing the cruiser’s emergency lights. cleveland, "Couple loses $15,000 in phone scam to help bail out ‘grandson’: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 23 Apr. 2021 The next moment, the crew of the USS Cole was struggling to keep the missile cruiser afloat. Jim Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy's Stealth Strike Force: PM Meets the New Littoral Combat Ship," 22 Apr. 2021 The cruiser can contribute 112 missiles from the cells of its vertical launch systems to the fight. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, "Patrol By Chinese Carrier Reveals Beijing’s Modern Surface Fleet," 20 Apr. 2021 After a standoff in Quincy, Leach allegedly got out of the cruiser with a police patrol rifle and a State Police trooper shot him once, killing him, officials said., "Armed robbery suspect whom State Police shot and killed had troubled past; family believed it was behind him," 27 Mar. 2021 The cruiser has since arrived in Bahrain, where those sailors tested positive for COVID-19, a Fifth Fleet spokesperson told ABC News Friday. Luis Martinez, ABC News, "2 US Navy ships in Middle East facing COVID-19 outbreaks," 26 Feb. 2021 Coburn was later assigned to the heavy cruiser USS Louisville and took part in several major battles in the Pacific Theater, including the Battle of Okinawa, where a kamikaze attack left him with shrapnel wounds. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Locked-down Pearl Harbor vet recalls fateful events 79 years ago today," 7 Dec. 2020 The cruiser just pulled away, merging back onto the highway, leaving her there on the side of the road, trembling. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, "'It hurts your soul': Timothy Thomas's mom left Cincinnati to rebuild her life," 10 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of cruiser

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Apr 2021

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“Cruiser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cruiser

: a large and fast military ship
: a boat that has room to live on and that is used for pleasure


cruis·​er | \ ˈkrü-zər How to pronounce cruiser (audio) \

Kids Definition of cruiser

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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