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 The users of a website called Sailing Anarchy, which caters to regatta racers and yacht owners, started mocking Mr. Stowe as a narcissistic hippie with a knack for self-promotion. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, "He Sailed the Longest Ocean Voyage in History and Turned It Into Art," 24 Oct. 2019 Some of those arrested were racers, and some were spectators, police said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "New Haven police wave checkered flag for drag racers, arrest 48," 14 Oct. 2019 Amateur racers and their families have been coming to the Bonneville speedway for generations. CBS News, "A bitter debate rages over the future of Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats," 5 Oct. 2019 The video was a montage of racers celebrating prematurely and losing as a result. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Pre-game video montage helps Arizona Diamondbacks' offense in win over San Diego Padres," 2 Sep. 2019 Combs' previous experience of breaking the land speed record, as well as understanding the risk of injury, left her as one of the most qualified racers in the world to attempt the feat. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Jessi Combs Knew the Risks of Land Speed Racing. She Chased Greatness Anyway.," 28 Aug. 2019 Further Reading Much more than Mario Kart: The history of kart racersThe power of Nintendo's new console gave Mario Kart 64's programmers a much freer hand to run riot than had been possible with the SNES' Super Mario Kart. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The ten best console racing games of all time," 22 Aug. 2019 Some of those racers went for shorter distances, but the full marathon sold out. Gwendolyn Wu, SFChronicle.com, "Rio Olympian wins 42nd San Francisco Marathon gold," 28 July 2019 The video shows police monitoring a gathering of street racers on Swan Island. oregonlive.com, "Video shows Portland Police Bureau street racing operation," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of racer

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of racer was in 1648

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How to pronounce racer (audio)

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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