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  1. a railroad, ship, etc., used mainly to haul or supply coal.
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Origin of coaler

First recorded in 1865–70; coal + -er1
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Historical Examples

  • This time the little craft had worked around abeam of the coaler, the latter's lights showing dimly in the thick fog.

    The Iron Boys on the Ore Boats

    James R. Mears

  • The story of the wreck and the sinking of the coaler had by this time been spread all over the country.

  • He was articled to a ship-owner of Whitby as a common seaman on a coaler sailing between Newcastle and London.

British Dictionary definitions for coaler


  1. a ship, train, etc, used to carry or supply coal
  2. a person who sells or supplies coal
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