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 Last week, the governor Lamont sided with municipalities and vetoed Senate Bill 204, which limited immunity in negligence cases involving a police cruiser or other municipal vehicles. Hartford Courant, 2 June 2022 Kiritsis commandeered a police cruiser and ordered Hall drive to the city’s far west side, where Kiritsis lived in a third-floor apartment. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 20 May 2022 Four people were taken to Shock Trauma with non-life-threatening injuries Sunday after a car crash involving a Baltimore Police cruiser, the department said. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 20 Mar. 2022 The successful attack on Russia’s Moskva cruiser shows that Ukraine is no passive player in the maritime. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 8 June 2022 But Lamborghini hit the ground running, and by the fall of 1964 had sold its first production car, a V-12-powered cruiser called the Lamborghini 350 GT. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 6 June 2022 By the time the fighting was over, Japan had lost more than 3,000 men, four aircraft carriers, one heavy cruiser and 250 planes. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2022 Touch-a-Truck Day will take place Friday, June 17, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Families with truck lovers of all ages can come see and touch highway trucks, tree trucks, a cruiser, a tractor, and more. Hartford Courant, 1 June 2022 The officers remained in the cruiser, which was struck by several bullets. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 1 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cruiser

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cruiser was in 1695

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25 Jun 2022

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“Cruiser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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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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