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

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Authorities say Sizemore rammed a police cruiser and shot at Trooper Ethan Lewis, who was not injured. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Police: Man accused of shooting at state trooper is arrested," 12 Dec. 2018 Williams then drove away in Cole’s marked cruiser and was later seen on surveillance camera walking inside a convenience store. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "Suspect in shooting death of Maine officer arrested after days-long manhunt," 28 Apr. 2018 Williams, 29, allegedly murdered Cole, 62, on Wednesday, stole the deputy’s marked cruiser, and robbed a convenience store in Norridgewock, Maine, before vanishing. John R. Ellement,, "Friend tells TV station that suspect in officer’s murder in Maine feared prison," 27 Apr. 2018 The bodycam video released Sunday shows the two officers pulling their cruiser up to Blevins, who's seated on a curb near a woman with a child in a stroller. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Minneapolis police release footage of fatal shooting of armed man; officers won't face charges," 2 Oct. 2018 Kendall rocked a pair of black jeans and an itty-bitty white crop top while riding her blue cruiser. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Relationship Timeline of Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons," 23 July 2018 Back at the scene, several police officers tended to the wounded, applying pressure to stop the bleeding, loading the injured in their police cruisers, and rushing them to hospitals. Robert Moran,, "'Shots fired! Shots fired! … Everybody out!' Terror and chaos at Trenton arts festival," 27 June 2018 While driving down Capitol Avenue in their police cruiser, a man called out to them for help. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford Police Recognize Officers, Citizens At Annual Ceremony," 18 May 2018 On Tuesday, a Tesla sedan traveling in Autopilot mode crashed into a parked police cruiser in Laguna Beach, Calif. Jonathan Sperling, Fortune, "Tesla Denies Autopilot Is to Blame for Brussels Crash," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of cruiser

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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