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noun \ˈtrəŋk\

Simple Definition of trunk

  • : the thick main stem of a tree

  • : the main part of the human body not including the head, arms, and legs

  • : the main or central part of something

Full Definition of trunk

  1. 1a :  the main stem of a tree apart from limbs and roots —called also boleb (1) :  the human or animal body apart from the head and appendages :  torso (2) :  the thorax of an insectc :  the central part of anything; specifically :  the shaft of a column or pilaster

  2. 2a (1) :  a large rigid piece of luggage used usually for transporting clothing and personal effects (2) :  the luggage compartment of an automobileb (1) :  a superstructure over a ship's hatches usually level with the poop deck (2) :  the part of the cabin of a boat projecting above the deck (3) :  the housing for a centerboard or rudder

  3. 3 :  proboscis; especially :  the long muscular proboscis of the elephant

  4. 4 plural :  men's shorts worn chiefly for sports <swimming trunks>

  5. 5a :  a usually major channel or passage (as a chute or shaft)b :  a circuit between two telephone exchanges for making connections between subscribers; broadly :  a usually electronic path over which information is transmitted (as between computer systems)

  6. 6a :  the principal channel or main body of a system or part that divides into branches <a nerve trunk> <the trunk of a river>b :  trunk line

trunk·ful play \ˈtrənk-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Examples of trunk

  1. the trunk of an artery

  2. <threw the rest of her books and tapes in the trunk and closed the lid>

Origin of trunk

Middle English trunke Anglo-French trunc, trunke, from Latin truncus trunk, torso

First Known Use: 15th century

TRUNK Defined for Kids


noun \ˈtrəŋk\

Definition of trunk

  1. 1 :  the thick main stem of a tree not including the branches and roots

  2. 2 :  a box or chest for holding clothes or other articles especially for traveling

  3. 3 :  the enclosed space in the rear of an automobile for carrying articles

  4. 4 :  the long round muscular nose of an elephant

  5. 5 trunks plural :  a swimsuit for a man or boy

  6. 6 :  the body of a person or animal not including the head, arms, and legs

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈtrəŋk\

Medical Definition of trunk

  1. 1:  the human body apart from the head and appendages :  torso

  2. 2:  the main body of an anatomical part (as a nerve or blood vessel) that divides into branches

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