Definition of cooler in US English:



  • 1An insulated container for keeping food and drink cool.

    • ‘Bags are being packed, sleeping bags aired out and coolers stocked in anticipation of the season that beckons.’
    • ‘If you are transporting wine by car for more than a few hours, you may want to look into a small cooler or other method to keep the bottles out of the sun and heat.’
    • ‘Even the coolers and plastic ice packs were selling fast.’
    • ‘‘Yeah so anyway, we also got a couple of coolers to put our food and drinks in,’ I added.’
    • ‘Some ideas can be cooking supplies, coolers for foods and beverages, sleeping bags, replacement tents or repair kits for them.’
    • ‘As car parks closed and coolers and backpacks were banned at baseball games, it became clear to Americans that their freedom of movement would never be the same again.’
    • ‘The fun began mid-morning when our extended family began to arrive with food, coolers and lawn furniture.’
    • ‘But this year I didn't want to wrestle with plastic garbage bags and coolers and bags of ice.’
    • ‘A small cooler can keep most foods cold when traveling in a car.’
    • ‘Not a sound was heard from the soft drink and hot dog vendors on the streets; they had packed their coolers and wheeled away their carts.’
    • ‘Some passengers came aboard with coolers and bags of food, but we preferred the experience of the dining car.’
    • ‘I made my way back to my seat, left the food on the tray table that drops down from the back of the seat in front of mine and then went to the beverage cooler for a bottle of water.’
    • ‘Rangers also patrol the campgrounds daily to make sure all food, coolers, and cooking items are kept locked up in a car or bearproof container.’
    • ‘There is a set of scales with weights, a rolling pin, a round spice tin, a wooden potato masher, and a butter cooler.’
    • ‘Several assistants were putting bottles of beer into coolers by the bar and pouring buckets of crushed ice over them.’
    • ‘Kansas City did not allow coolers or bags larger than a woman's purse.’
    • ‘The business invests tens of thousands of dollars each year in new trucks, bottle coolers, manufacturing equipment, and computers.’
    • ‘Fans were prohibited from bringing items such as camcorders, beach balls, frisbees, containers of any type, coolers, bottles, cans, cameras, binocular cases and horns.’
    • ‘Place coolers in the coolest part of your air-conditioned car, rather than the trunk.’
    • ‘The only people hurt by coolers are food vendors.’
    1. 1.1North American A refrigerator.
      • ‘My ideal fridge would be like the cooler in a grocery store - as you take one item, it's immediately restocked by some unseen figure in the back.’
      • ‘His cheeks and his fingers were a little red, a little chapped from time spent in freezers and coolers.’
      • ‘Lots and lots of people pull frozen dinners or homemade meals from their coolers.’
      • ‘Purchases included a refrigerated truck, walk-in coolers, a commercial-grade salad spinner and other equipment.’
      • ‘If you're handy, you can build your own cooler with an old air-conditioner.’
      • ‘She now takes charge of setting up three refrigerated coolers.’
      • ‘Commercial breweries, coolers, and freezers have been using these systems successfully for decades.’
      • ‘If power outages typically only last a couple of hours, then powering the walk-in cooler and freezer will probably not be necessary.’
      • ‘Both the cooling warehouse and cooler have localized cooling with fans installed in the ceiling.’
      • ‘We'd need new ways to get product from the washing areas to the coolers if they were not nearly joined to the existing ones.’
      • ‘The plant houses two storage coolers, including a 30,000-square-foot addition that went on-line in 1997.’
      • ‘Darius walked to the backside of the store where numerous coolers were set into the wall.’
      • ‘Some products are stored in the main cooler, while others are routed to the truck bay for shipping.’
      • ‘These nine-packs are stacked three packs to a crate and sent off to the cooler for sorting, storage and shipment.’
      • ‘It turns out that the party was on you because one of the employees had pilfered a couple of cases of beer from the walk-in cooler at your restaurant.’
      • ‘He entered the small shop, and made his way quickly through the air-conditioned building to the back, where the coolers were located.’
  • 2North American A tall drink, especially a mixture of wine, fruit juice, and soda water.

    • ‘Wine coolers were okay, but generally all they had at these parties were spiked punch and beer.’
    • ‘She picked up two coolers from a tub of ice and handed one in Amanda's direction.’
    • ‘Cafeterias on northern routes also have Class B liquor licences, which serve wine, beer and coolers.’
    • ‘‘And stop me if I drink more than three coolers,’ she said.’
    • ‘Wine coolers have declined and continue to decline.’
    • ‘They also support the National Treasury's policy of pegging the excise tax on alcoholic fruit beverages and ciders to that of malt beer, and spirit coolers to the same level as that of spirits.’
    • ‘You have ceased to represent the demographic for which exotic vodka coolers are crafted.’
    • ‘He gave her a peck on the lips before diving in the refrigerator and grabbing a cooler.’
    • ‘I decided it would be a good idea to compare inexpensive sparkling wines from around the world to popular local coolers.’
  • 3the coolerinformal Prison or a prison cell.

    ‘the cooler was a dark, claustrophobic room’
    • ‘They are sent to the cooler for 20 days.’
    • ‘They get caught and are sent back to the cooler.’
    jail, prison, cell, police cell, place of detention, place of confinement, detention centre
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