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


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


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 Based on this extended trailer that dropped last night on Dancing With the Stars, the answer is Dale Moss. Kristen Baldwin,, "The Bachelorette trailer: 'I definitely feel like I just met my husband'," 13 Oct. 2020 Mercedes says a roof rack could be installed or a trailer towed, though sadly neither claim is supported with photo evidence. Annie White, Car and Driver, "Mercedes Shows Off Its Wild, Off-Road EQC 4x4 Squared Concept," 13 Oct. 2020 An infomercial for the Bath Buddy and a trailer for the album are posted on the Nightflight video platform Will Coviello,, "Quintron and Miss Pussycat release new album, 'Goblin Alert',' on Oct. 16," 12 Oct. 2020 Native Coffee is a coffee shop operating out of sky blue, vintage trailer. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "Here are 6 Indigenous-owned restaurants and food stands to try in metro Phoenix," 12 Oct. 2020 The incident arose after two riding lawn mowers and a trailer were stolen from a Blain’s Farm and Fleet on June 17, police said. Robert Mccoppin,, "No charges against McHenry deputy who put arm around woman’s throat during arrest," 10 Oct. 2020 Both have been named senior creative directors who will work on licensing and production, respectively, while attending to the company’s specialist trailer segment. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Atlantic Shuffles Marketing Department, Sony & Tencent Solidify Liquid State Label Head," 9 Oct. 2020 Getting the pumpkin to Delafield To transport his giant pumpkins, Montsma uses a Skid-steer loader to get them onto a pallet, which is placed on a 10-foot trailer. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Nobody can believe it's real': If you see a giant pumpkin as you're driving through Delafield, here's why," 9 Oct. 2020 Those failures violated state regulations governing the licensing and safe operation of trailer parks, Arsenault wrote. Jon Lender,, "Jon Lender: State Rep. Brian Lanoue and his mother are ordered to pay $30K in fines for health, safety violations at trailer park," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Anglers will trailer their catches roughly 60 miles to daily weigh-ins set for Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Anglers’ eyes on Texas next year," 6 June 2020 The holder also has comfortable knob disconnects for trailering boats to and from the water. : Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Complete Guide To Spider-Rigging For Crappies," 7 May 2020 On the day of departure, Andy picked Joe and me up at 3 a.m. in his mom’s minivan, trailering a camper with a bumper sticker that read: LIFESTYLES OF THE POOR AND UNKNOWN. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Guide to Hunting and Fishing Road Trips for Spring," 24 Feb. 2020 Most important to Sierra HD owners is trailering capability, and GMC answers their needs with the available ProGrade Trailering System. Tim Spell, Houston Chronicle, "2020 Sierra HD pickup gains towing, power efficiency," 10 Jan. 2020 That is not true of trailers and trailered boats that may have internal ballast tanks. Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post, "Westminster permanently bans boating on Standley Lake in fight against invasive mussels," 2 Dec. 2019 This means that after trailering boats, and before getting on the road, boaters must pull plugs, drain water and remove plants and debris. Maryann Struman, Detroit Free Press, "Aggressive weed that can harm fish and choke boat motors found near Lake Michigan," 27 Aug. 2019 Ted’ Smith trailered his 1947 Cushman Scooter for showing in the Antique Motorcycle category. Denise Coffey,, "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

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First Known Use of trailer


1590, in the meaning defined at sense 3


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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trailer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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


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

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