rac·​er | \ˈrā-sər \

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

a : black racer

b : blue racer

Examples of racer in a Sentence

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

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Keeping track Suzanne Green, 67, of Senelon Falls, Ontario, has been cooking for sailboat racers for 25 years. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "How 5 Port Huron-to-Mackinac racers feed sailboat crews," 13 July 2018 Runners will then head back down MLK Drive toward the Art Museum, but will not cross over the river, before returning toward the finish line area, which is just behind the Please Touch Museum (this loop is also repeated for Olympic racers). Mitchell Gladstone, Philly.com, "A Q&A with Philadelphia Escape Triathlon director Bill Burke," 21 June 2018 So how is that NHRA has become the landing spot for female racers, while almost every other series in the United States struggles to develop and move women up through the ranks? Jenna Fryer, chicagotribune.com, "Girls Rule! NHRA celebrating strong female racers," 8 May 2018 The weather for Saturday's and Sunday's racers, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, will feature early-morning lows between 56-58 degrees with daytime highs reaching into the upper 70's later. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Flying Pig Marathon set for 20th anniversary running," 4 May 2018 Packet pickup for racers was staged in the school’s Carl Everett building. John Henry, star-telegram, "The Cowtown wouldn't exist without Bob Kaman's dedication | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 Feb. 2018 Her 41st career World Cup race win, which came in January, equaled the highest total for a ski racer under 23. USA TODAY, "Shiffrin set up as Olympics star; Vonn, Hirscher big, too," 14 Jan. 2018 Gusts of up to 50 mph (72 kph) are forecast around Sunday's scheduled 11 a.m. start time — strong enough to close the only gondola lift carrying racers and officials up the mountain. USA TODAY, "Olympic men's downhill race is blowing in the wind," 10 Feb. 2018 The cars raced down the street two at a time, with two losses sending a racer home. Brian Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Communities come together across San Antonio to celebrate the Fourth," 4 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 \

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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