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coaster

[koh-ster] /ˈkoʊ stər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that coasts.
2.
a small dish, tray, or mat, especially for placing under a glass to protect a table from moisture.
3.
a ship engaged in coastwise trade.
4.
a sled for coasting.
5.
a tray for holding a decanter to be passed around a dining table.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; coast + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for coaster

coaster

/ˈkəʊstə/
noun
1.
(Brit) a vessel or trader engaged in coastal commerce
2.
a small tray, sometimes on wheels, for holding a decanter, wine bottle, etc
3.
a person or thing that coasts
4.
a protective disc or mat for glasses or bottles
5.
(US) short for roller coaster
6.
(W African) a European resident on the coast

Coaster

/ˈkəʊstə/
noun
1.
(NZ) a person from the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand
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Word Origin and History for coaster
n.

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.

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