rac·​er | \ ˈrā-sər How to pronounce racer (audio) \

Definition of racer

1 : one that races or is used for racing
2 : any of various active American colubrid snakes (genus Coluber and Mastigophis): such as

Examples of racer in a Sentence

He is a stock car racer. His horse will be a great racer.

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Primarily known as an open-wheel racer, Andretti also won NASCAR’s Daytona 500. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two aging Hall of Famers. Two seats. Four miles of thrills at 170 mph. Make it happen.," 20 June 2018 Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway was the surprise silver medalist after turning in a sizzling run as the 19th racer on the course. CBS News, "Winter Olympics 2018: USA's Mirai Nagasu stumbles during triple axel," 21 Feb. 2018 The American was looking at a higher finish before Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway turned in a surprise silver-medal performance as the 19th racer on the course. Pat Graham, chicagotribune.com, "Lindsey Vonn earns bronze in downhill, Italy's Sofia Goggia takes gold," 20 Feb. 2018 But in her upcoming movie, the star is smitten with a veteran racer. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Shania Twain Is Starring in a New Movie With John Travolta," 23 Jan. 2019 Here are some scenes from the day, a look inside the hurry-up-and-wait world of sled dog racers at rest. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "After the bloody noses & busted ski poles: Life of an Iditarod racer at rest," 10 Mar. 2018 On July 3, nearly 6,000 racers participated in the annual Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 races in Foxborough. BostonGlobe.com, "Tea by the sea, Korean peace medals, and $2,000 to fight hunger," 13 July 2018 The 22 teams, which each have nine racers, will cycle the 21-stage race that spans a total of 2,082.2 miles and tours almost all of France. Gina Martinez, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Tour de France," 6 July 2018 In a 39-second span, four racers arrived — Adam Jensen (45:41), Matt Shryock (45:52), Ben Marvin (46:17) and Luke Jager (46:20). Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "With an elite competitor hot on his heels, Anchorage’s David Norris takes back men’s Mount Marathon title," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of racer

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of racer was in 1648

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English Language Learners Definition of racer

: a person or animal that races
: a car, boat, etc., that is used in racing


rac·​er | \ ˈrā-sər How to pronounce racer (audio) \

Kids Definition of racer

1 : a person, animal, or vehicle that participates in or is used for participation in races
2 : a long slender active snake (as the blacksnake)

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