Meaning of “cruise” in the English Dictionary

"cruise" in British English

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cruisenoun [ C ]

uk /kruːz/ us /kruːz/

B1 a journey on a large ship for pleasure, during which you visit several places

More examples

  • They're going on a cruise round the Med.
  • They've just set off on a round-the-world cruise.


uk /kruːz/ us /kruːz/
noun [ U ] uk /ˈkruː.zɪŋ/ us /ˈkruː.zɪŋ/

a popular cruising area/ground

(Definition of “cruise” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cruise" in American English

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cruiseverb [ I ]

us /kruz/

to travel at a continuous speed:

The plane is cruising at 240 knots.

If you cruise in a car, you drive for pleasure:

We went cruising around downtown on Friday night.

Cruise can also mean to travel on large ships for pleasure.

cruisenoun [ C ]

us /kruz/

a trip on a large ship for pleasure:

a Caribbean cruise

(Definition of “cruise” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)