trailer

noun
trail·​er | \ ˈtrā-lər How to pronounce trailer (audio) \

Definition of trailer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a nonautomotive vehicle designed to be hauled by road: such as
a : a vehicle for transporting something a boat trailer especially : semitrailer sense 1
b : a vehicle designed to serve wherever parked as a temporary dwelling or place of business
2a : a selected group of scenes that are shown to advertise a movie : preview sense 3 a theatrical trailer
b : a short blank strip of film attached to the end of a reel
3 : one that trails
4 : a trailing plant

trailer

verb
trailered; trailering; trailers

Definition of trailer (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to live or travel in or with a trailer
2 : to be transportable by trailer a light boat that trailers easily

transitive verb

: to transport (something, such as a boat) by means of a trailer

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Other Words from trailer

Verb

trailerable \ ˈtrā-​lə-​rə-​bəl How to pronounce trailerable (audio) \ adjective
trailering \ ˈtrā-​lə-​riŋ How to pronounce trailering (audio) \ noun

Examples of trailer in a Sentence

Noun

We helped them load the furniture onto the trailer. the band packed their equipment back into their trailer and headed off to their next gig

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Check out the trailer for the ABC ABeyC documentary below: Beyoncé has gifted us with surprise drops before—hello, Homecoming—and consider us here for another. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Beyoncé Just Announced a Surprise Behind-the-Scenes Documentary, and It’s Dropping Tomorrow," 15 Sep. 2019 On Tuesday, Apple also premiered the first trailer for one of its original series See, staring Jason Momoa. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple’s Big Week Includes Start iPhone 11 Pre-Orders," 14 Sep. 2019 That very same sweeping staircase is featured prominently in the enchanting trailer for Little Women. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Mansion Where the New Little Women Movie Filmed Has 65 Rooms, And It's Currently on the Market," 11 Sep. 2019 Officers did find Nguyen’s and Le’s cellphones and identification cards on the boat and located Le’s truck and boat trailer at the park in Renton. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "2 friends still missing after empty boat found off Mercer Island with phones, IDs onboard," 7 Sep. 2019 Lifetime released a trailer for the upcoming TV movie on Friday. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Lifetime Releases Trailer for Its 'College Admissions Scandal' TV Movie," 7 Sep. 2019 The zebra was sedated, briefly airlifted to a truck and trailer and taken back to its new owners. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "An escaped zebra dies after galloping around a Texas town," 8 Aug. 2019 The suspension systems on the truck and trailer were also affected. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Truck driver was on drugs, reaching for drink at time of fatal New Hampshire crash, report says," 1 Aug. 2019 Doom’s big rig allegedly slammed into the back of a pickup truck and trailer, which then came flying off and into Hedquist, cops said. Fox News, "Minnesota truck driver fatally struck highway worker while watching porn, police say," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ted’ Smith trailered his 1947 Cushman Scooter for showing in the Antique Motorcycle category. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "For The Love Of Motorcycles," 19 Aug. 2019 Entrance fees: $6 per vehicle, $2 per dog, $14 per boat or trailered RV Boating: The lake is the centerpiece. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday getaway: Del Valle Regional Park," 29 Apr. 2018 On weekends during racing season, she and her father Fred Yeakel like to trailer this 1964 Chevrolet Corvette up and down the West Coast, racing it in vintage sports car events. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "Our Favorite Rides of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 First, the Sierra lacks the Ram’s mild hybrid, 48-volt system, which contributes to Ram’s advantages in higher rated towing, trailering performance and fuel economy. Dan Neil, WSJ, "A Luxury Truck Showdown: Ram 1500 vs. GMC Sierra," 11 Oct. 2018 Among standard exterior features are Intellibeam headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a 17-inch steel spare wheel/tire, and trailering equipment. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "2018 Suburban: SUVs looks great with Z71 Midnight Edition package," 30 Apr. 2018 Among standard exterior features are Intellibeam headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a 17-inch steel spare wheel/tire, and trailering equipment. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "2018 Suburban: SUVs looks great with Z71 Midnight Edition package," 30 Apr. 2018 Among standard exterior features are Intellibeam headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a 17-inch steel spare wheel/tire, and trailering equipment. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "2018 Suburban: SUVs looks great with Z71 Midnight Edition package," 30 Apr. 2018 Among standard exterior features are Intellibeam headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a 17-inch steel spare wheel/tire, and trailering equipment. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "2018 Suburban: SUVs looks great with Z71 Midnight Edition package," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of trailer

Noun

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1938, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of trailer was in 1590

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trailer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trailer

: a long platform or box with wheels that is pulled behind a truck or car and used to transport things
: a vehicle that can be pulled by a truck or car and that can be parked and used as an office, vacation home, etc.
: a selected group of scenes that are shown to advertise a movie

trailer

noun
trail·​er | \ ˈtrā-lər How to pronounce trailer (audio) \

Kids Definition of trailer

1 : a platform or frame with wheels that is pulled behind a vehicle and used to transport something (as a boat)
2 : a vehicle designed to serve wherever parked as a dwelling or a place of business
3 : preview

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