lock·​er | \ ˈlä-kər How to pronounce locker (audio) \

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The records also show where 60 of the missing weapons resurfaced: Inside a teen’s school locker. USA Today, "Security giant G4S has lost hundreds of guns. Here’s where we found them," 16 Dec. 2019 On her first day of middle school, sixth-grader Lily Lucia was excited by the prospect of a new school and for the first time a bigger locker. Catalina Righter,, "Firsts and last firsts: Carroll schools welcome students back to class," 3 Sep. 2019 The leadership is invaluable GM Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski are trying to change the Browns culture, and Williams would bring a ton of veteran leadership and a strong locker-room presence. cleveland, "Redskins OT Trent Williams: 7 reasons the Browns should trade for him," 21 Apr. 2020 The Lakers had acquired a handful of new players, including a dependable shooter (Danny Green), a locker-room stalwart (Jared Dudley), a stout defender (Avery Bradley) and a player with a questionable past (Dwight Howard). Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Lakers' LeBron James keeping right perspective during coronavirus pandemic," 9 Apr. 2020 Mills’ locker-room presence and contribution to the Spurs’ culture alone have been worth every penny. Jeff Mcdonald,, "How did Patty Mills fare this season, and what is his future with the Spurs?," 26 Mar. 2020 The district also set up a computer repair service, that lets families drop computers off in special lockers in the high school lobby and pick them up later, to avoid contact with anyone. cleveland, "Some schools embrace online lessons, others mired in Internet obstacles during coronavirus shutdown," 3 Apr. 2020 For the most part, cellphones are left in private lockers along with your parka and street clothes. New York Times, "Napping Away Winter in Montreal’s Nordic Spas," 19 Feb. 2020 Those with admirers or significant others will get love notes, flowers and chocolates delivered to them in class or secretly in their lockers. Alicia Lee, CNN, "A Texas teen bought 170 flowers to give every girl at his school a Valentine," 15 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of locker

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

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The first known use of locker was in the 14th century

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22 May 2020

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“Locker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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


lock·​er | \ ˈlä-kər How to pronounce locker (audio) \

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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