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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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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26 May 2020

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“Racer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racer. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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