[ koh-ler ]
/ ˈkoʊ lər /


a railroad, ship, etc., used mainly to haul or supply coal.

Origin of coaler

First recorded in 1865–70; coal + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coaler

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for coaler


/ (ˈkəʊlə) /


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