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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He and Officer Winston Hunt were seriously injured on June 30, 2017 when fleeing homicide suspects barreled into their patrol cruiser. Carol Robinson |, al, "Birmingham officer shot multiple times released after 45 days in the hospital," 31 Aug. 2019 That’s particularly concerning to cruisers who are traveling on the 4,000-passenger Disney Dream. Chabeli Herrera,, "Disney alters cruises to leave Port Canaveral Wednesday — when Hurricane Dorian may be in Orlando," 30 Aug. 2019 When the Riverside officer exited his police cruiser, the suspect from the stabbing call -- who had abandoned the car driven into the tree -- stole the officer's car and fled the scene at a high speed, Henderson said. Rebekah Riess, CNN, "2 children died after a stolen police cruiser crashed into their car outside a library," 27 Aug. 2019 And later in 2014, a man angry about the Garner and Brown cases shot two New York City police officers to death in their cruiser in retribution. Author: Tom Hays, Michael R. Sisak, Anchorage Daily News, "NYPD fires officer for 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner," 19 Aug. 2019 And later in 2014, a man angry about the Garner and Brown cases shot two New York City police officers to death in their cruiser in retribution. CBS News, "NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo fired over 2014 Eric Garner chokehold death," 19 Aug. 2019 Inevitably, a slew of sixty-somethings on a three-week trip can dampen the vibe for younger cruisers. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Book a Cruise for the First Time," 9 July 2019 The west block of Georgia Street from Illinois Street to Capitol Avenue will be closed from 1 to 8 p.m. Downtown Indy Inc. expects to see custom motorcycles, cruisers, sport and touring rides, trail bike, the U.S. Spyder Ryders and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "30,000 motorcycle riders are expected in Downtown Indianapolis this Saturday," 21 Aug. 2019 Over Iranian territorial waters, the passenger jet was shot down by the Vincennes, a missile cruiser, which mistook it for an Iranian warplane. Helene Cooper, New York Times, "Will Trump’s Plans to Counter Iran Bring a Return of the ‘Tanker War’?," 28 June 2019

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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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