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[koh-ster] /ˈkoʊ stər/
a person or thing that coasts.
a small dish, tray, or mat, especially for placing under a glass to protect a table from moisture.
a ship engaged in coastwise trade.
a sled for coasting.
a tray for holding a decanter to be passed around a dining table.
Origin of coaster
First recorded in 1565-75; coast + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I tucked the children in a little more snugly, then went over to the coaster.

    Letters on an Elk Hunt Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • To meet these difficulties, I hastened the building of my vessel as a coaster.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • Is this what happens to everybody who takes a ride on the coaster?

    The Enormous Room Horace Leonard Gold
  • At sunrise the schooner weighed anchor, in order to accompany the coaster.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • He could not grasp the idea, probably, that ceremonies would be required by persons who intended to sail by the coaster.

    Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Many freighters have what they call a coaster hitched to the last wagon.

    Letters on an Elk Hunt Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • As she draws near you recognize her as a coaster running between the place you are bound to and the place you have left.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • Hernando pressed his views upon him, and the skipper of the coaster seconded him.

    Sea-Dogs All! Tom Bevan
  • The coaster took his pipe from his mouth, and twice opened his lips to speak.

    Once Upon A Time Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for coaster


(Brit) a vessel or trader engaged in coastal commerce
a small tray, sometimes on wheels, for holding a decanter, wine bottle, etc
a person or thing that coasts
a protective disc or mat for glasses or bottles
(US) short for roller coaster
(W African) a European resident on the coast


(NZ) a person from the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for coaster

1570s, "one who sails along coasts," agent noun from coast (v.) in its original sense "to go around the sides or border" of something. Applied to vessels for such sailing from 1680s. Tabletop drink stand (c.1887), originally "round tray for a decanter," so called from a resemblance to a sled, or because it "coasted" around the perimeter of the table to each guest in turn after dinner.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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