Definition of cruiser in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkro͞ozər/


1A relatively fast warship larger than a destroyer and less heavily armed than a battleship.
Example sentences
  • At sea, he served in a battleship, an aircraft carrier, in cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and a minesweeper.
  • A further 17 aircraft carriers, six battleships, 16 cruisers and 56 destroyers were also tasked in support.
  • The combined German naval force for this attack was fifteen battleships, thirteen cruisers and seventy-one destroyers, whose principal task was to guard the larger ships against British submarines.
2A yacht or motorboat with passenger accommodations, designed for leisure use.
Example sentences
  • The harbour has both a commercial quayside and marina which was crowded with expensive yachts and cruisers.
  • There are also private charters available aboard sailing yachts and luxury cruisers.
  • Scores of river pilots banished from the Humber and stripped of their navigation licences are back at the helms of vessels all over the world - guiding ferries, pleasure cruisers and even millionaires' yachts.
2.1A person who goes on a pleasure cruise.
Example sentences
  • After over 60 cruises she decided to compile her expertise in an e-book to share with other cruiser, first timers or seasoned cruisers.
  • She wrote with concern about the lack of accommodations for the cruisers who are hard-of-hearing.
  • A fisherman will likely consider the accommodations downright luxurious while a cruiser will find them a little short on privacy.
3An automobile that can be driven smoothly at high speed.
Example sentences
  • The cruiser sped along the highway under the evening sky.
  • Even though GM built the XLR on the Corvette chassis, it's more of a smooth-riding cruiser than a sports car.
3.1North American A police patrol car.
Example sentences
  • Karen was a little worried about being left alone, but the knowledge of the patrolling police cruisers calmed her down.
  • He was arrested at 4: 45 p.m., handcuffed and placed in the back of the police cruiser.
  • Across the street was the police station where a cruiser abruptly pulled up.


Late 17th century: from Dutch kruiser, from kruisen (see cruise).

Words that rhyme with cruiser

abuser, accuser, boozer, bruiser, chooser, diffuser, infuser, lollapalooza, loser, Marcuse, medusa, mezuzah, misuser, peruser, refuser, snoozer, Sousa, user, yakuza

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Syllabification: cruis·er

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