wa·​ter·​cool·​er | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkü-lər How to pronounce watercooler (audio) , ˈwä-\

Definition of watercooler

: a device for dispensing refrigerated drinking water

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The Moon - 50 years later Interest in the Moon has become a topic discussed at the nation's watercoolers, due to the approaching 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Fox News, "NASA to open Moon rock samples sealed for 50 years," 26 June 2019 And those same readers may be looking for the kind of full-court, blogosphere press typically reserved for watercooler shows like Sharp Objects and meme machines like A Star Is Born. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's magazine, "Like This or Die," 10 Apr. 2019 That means, says ABC, that Grey's is going to be ABC’s longest-running primetime drama series, and (here's a watercooler fact) only seven TV dramas have ever run for longer. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Grey's Anatomy Is Coming Back for a 15th Season—and Setting a Major Record on the Way," 21 Apr. 2018 Whether President Trump can be beaten is a constant source of watercooler talk among New Hampshire GOPers. John King And Tasha Diakides, CNN, "Why Trump may face 2020 primary challenges in New Hampshire," 18 Mar. 2018 For more than a decade at its early and mid-2000s peak, American Idol was the nation's watercooler. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "'American Idol,' Where Are They Now? From Jennifer Hudson to Sanjaya, Clay Aiken, Daughtry & Ruben Studdard," 9 Mar. 2018 The watercooler show had been replaced by rabbit-hole television. Mary Kaye Schilling, Newsweek, "'Westworld' to 'Altered Carbon': Four Dark, Complicated Shows To Binge Now," 4 Mar. 2018 This year was also devoid of the sort of watercooler scandals that have dominated the show in the past, from Britney Spears and Madonna kissing on stage, to Miley Cyrus and her lolling tongue bopping around on stage. Yohana Desta, vanityfair.com, "The V.M.A.s Went Up Against Game of Thrones and Failed Miserably," 30 Aug. 2017 During the intervening months, everyone from President Carter to Vegas oddsmakers weighed in on J. R. The watercooler energy was enormous. Alexandra Jacobs And Patrick Healy, New York Times, "‘Dynasty’ or ‘Dallas’? Squaring Off in the Lily Pond," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of watercooler

1807, in the meaning defined above

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