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.
Recent Examples on the Web Arians’ solution: Stay out of Meredith’s way by becoming a racer herself. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "At age 50, Alison Arians is holding her own on Anchorage’s ski trails -- but can she hold off her 16-year-old daughter?," 26 Dec. 2020 Born in Michigan and trained in Sun Valley, Davis was a sixteen-year-old U.S. Olympic Development Team ski racer when a high-speed crash on Bald Mountain paralyzed her from the chest down. Michael Ames, The New Yorker, "How Ammon Bundy Helped Foment an Anti-Masker Rebellion in Idaho," 21 Dec. 2020 Consider the case of barrel racer Stevi Hillman of Weatherford, who happens to be a radiologic technician when not competing. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "The greatest show on dirt is coming to Globe Life Field, and the move is vital to the National Finals Rodeo," 2 Dec. 2020 Normally $65, the Lite racer adapt shoes are now $46. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Adidas sale offers select shoe styles for under $50, starting tonight," 25 Aug. 2020 Hailey Kinsel, a barrel racer who grew up in Cotulla and graduated from Texas A&M, showed off a belt buckle bearing a considerable resemblance to the ’59 original. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Much has changed since National Finals Rodeo set its roots in Texas. Now that it’s back, some want to see a permanent return," 3 Dec. 2020 In 2022, the German OEM will enter the Dakar Rally with a series hybrid off-road racer. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Audi and BMW to both leave Formula E—here’s why that’s OK," 3 Dec. 2020 The '70s are represented by vehicles like the Lancia Stratos, another racer gone legal, and the BMW M1, a car that was supposed to be built for the Germans by Lamborghini until Lamborghini went broke. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Weekend eye candy: The new supercar exhibit at the Petersen Museum," 7 Nov. 2020 Last month Hamilton, 35, surpassed Schumacher's all-time record of 91 Grand Prix wins to become the sport's most successful racer and had long since broken the German's career pole-positions record. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Lewis Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles," 15 Nov. 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

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“Racer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racer. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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