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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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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Hoener, a former social worker who is now Bourbon County’s economic development director, said her eighth grader, Aura, has told her about friends caught with pot in their lockers. NBC News, "School districts double down on drug testing, targeting even middle schoolers," 4 Sep. 2019 As members of Englewood STEM High School’s inaugural freshman class find their lockers on the first day of school, two other Englewood schools — Hope and Harper — are being phased out of existence. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: A challenger for Kim Foxx, the first day — ever — at Englewood STEM High School, and other things to know to start your day," 3 Sep. 2019 Alonso reportedly cleaned out his locker Friday after returning from Miami’s final preseason game at New Orleans Thursday. oregonlive, "Miami Dolphins trade former Oregon Duck Kiko Alonso to the New Orleans Saints: Report," 1 Sep. 2019 Theft: Cedar Road At 11:05 a.m. Aug. 21, a man reported that his wallet had been stolen from his locker at LA Fitness., "Theft suspect arrested on Lake County warrant: Lyndhurst Police Blotter," 27 Aug. 2019 Additional fissures are opened up by the wedge of race; another black student (played by the rapper/actor Astro) is not given the same benefit of the doubt as Luce when pot is found in his locker. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "‘Luce’ tackles racial privilege and prejudice by raising a million questions — then refuses to answer any of them," 12 Aug. 2019 There are circumstantial reasons for the teacher to be concerned about Luce despite his good grades (most notably that a bag of fireworks was found in his gym locker). David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Flawed Thriller About the Myth of the ‘Model Immigrant’," 5 Aug. 2019 But the balls are gauged now, and the trophies keep piling up in his locker like old sneakers. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: It’s the annual Dolphins-Are-Closer-To-Relevancy Day as Tom Brady turns 42 | Commentary," 2 Aug. 2019 Patients due to pick up prescriptions use a one-time personal identification number (PIN) sent to their phones ahead of time to access their locker of medicines. Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Quartz Africa, "A battle with TB inspired his smart medicine dispenser, now it’s won Africa’s top engineering prize," 5 June 2019

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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.)
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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