lock·er | \ˈlä-kər \

Definition of locker 

1a : a drawer, cupboard, or compartment that may be closed with a lock especially : one for individual storage use

b : a chest or compartment on shipboard for compact stowage of articles

c : a refrigerated compartment or room for the storage of fresh or frozen foods a meat locker

2 : one that locks

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Synonyms for locker


bin, box, caddy, case, casket, chest, trunk

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Examples of locker in a Sentence

the enlisted man usually stored his uniform in his locker at the foot of his bed a down-at-the heels health club where most of the lockers look to be unusable

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Before a recent game in Minnesota, Britton sat at his locker, lowered his sock and ran his finger over the scar on the inside of his ankle, noting that it was almost gone. Eduardo A. Encina,, "As Orioles work to trade closer Zach Britton, he's showing suitors he's only getting better," 14 July 2018 After each victory, before anyone hit the showers, every member of the team would sit in his locker for the awarding of the belts, one to the hitter of the game and one to the pitcher of the game. Ben Reiter,, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 The media missed out talking to him as Chirinos emerged at his locker as Bush was finishing getting dressed. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Things get weird for Rangers at home plate," 14 June 2018 Dahlia is a rich berry, Foxglove is a muted plum, Camellia is a petal pink, Snapdragon is a rosy pink, and Tigerlily is a tropical coral shade that would be best worn sipping cocktails under a cabana or at your locker à laLil’ Mama. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Becca’s New Lip Glosses Are As Glowy As Your Favorite Highlighter," 10 Apr. 2018 But the only lockers in the Kansas City area right now are at two Whole Foods stores along 119th Street in Overland Park in Olathe. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Let Amazon in your house? Get mail at your desk? Here’s how to beat ‘porch pirates’," 13 June 2018 The lockers are varying sizes to accommodate different types of deliveries. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s ‘self-driving’ vans are now delivering food in Miami," 11 June 2018 He was given a locker between sluggers Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge, and wore No. Mike Fitzpatrick, The Seattle Times, "Top prospect Torres makes MLB debut as Yankees go young," 22 Apr. 2018 The defendant then took the suitcase to a storage locker. Chris Harris,, "Body of 5-Months-Pregnant Wisconsin College Student Is Found in Suitcase — and Boyfriend Is Charged," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of locker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of locker

: a cupboard or cabinet that has a door which can be locked and that is used to store personal items (such as books, clothes, shoes, etc.)

: a cold room in which fresh or frozen foods are stored


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Kids Definition of locker

: a cabinet, compartment, or chest for personal use or for storing frozen food at a low temperature

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