from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A device, container, or room that cools or keeps cool.
  • noun A cold drink, usually carbonated, fruit-flavored, and containing wine or other alcoholic ingredients.
  • noun Slang A jail.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That which cools; anything that abates heat or excitement.
  • noun Any vessel or apparatus for cooling liquids or other things, by the agency of ice, cold water, or cold air.
  • noun A jail.
  • noun In motor-car construction, the apparatus used to lower the temperature of the circulating water which keeps the cylinder walls of the internal-combustion motor from Overheating.
  • noun A heavy square horse-blanket of sufficient size to envelop the horse's body.
  • noun A cooling drink.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That which cools, or abates heat or excitement.
  • noun Anything in or by which liquids or other things are cooled, as an ice chest, a vessel for ice water, etc.
  • noun An alcoholic beverage containing liquor or wine plus a carbonated beverage, usually served with ice.
  • noun slang jail; -- usually used in the form the cooler.
  • noun an air conditioner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable anything which cools
  • noun countable an insulated bin or box used with ice or freezer packs to keep food or beverages cold while picnicking or camping
  • noun US (countable or uncountable) a mixed drink, especially one served chilled
  • noun US, slang a prison
  • noun poker, colloquial A cold deck.
  • adjective comparative form of cool: more cool

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a cell for violent prisoners
  • noun a refrigerator for cooling liquids
  • noun an iced drink especially white wine and fruit juice


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  • An insulated box usually with a handle or handles that holds ice and beer. Used to keep the beer refrigerated and close at hand at the same time. I'm watching the Super Bowl so that's the only relevant meaning at the moment.

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