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 trailer (audio) \ adjective
trailering \ ˈtrā-​lə-​riŋ How to pronounce trailer (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 Doc Ock being in the trailer also allows Holland to talk about the character. Chris Smith, BGR, 17 Oct. 2021 The Doctor, Yaz (Mandip Gill), and new companion Dan (John Bishop) are seen sprinting away from one of several explosions in the trailer. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 16 Oct. 2021 Halle Berry is a knockout in the trailer for her latest film, which marks her directorial debut. Greta Bjornson,, 14 Oct. 2021 But the second-most important thing was Frankie, his teddy bear, left waiting for him in the trailer. Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 In the trailer, Hawke first appears in white face paint and a top hat, struggling with falling grocery bags beside a completely unsuspicious beat-up black van. Jennifer Yuma, Variety, 13 Oct. 2021 In the trailer, the band is seen in the studio tracking, and tensions flare, with a calendar marking off the day George Harrison quit mid-session and show cancellations. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2021 In the trailer, Martin-Green appears entirely at her ease as an action hero, facing immense danger in the 32nd century. Mary Colurso |, al, 9 Oct. 2021 Milton Mason, a 69-year-old fan who called himself Bernie Brewer, vowed to stay in the trailer atop the scoreboard until the Brewers drew a crowd of 40,000. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Oct. 2021 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, 6 June 2020 The holder also has comfortable knob disconnects for trailering boats to and from the water. : Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, 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, 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, 10 Jan. 2020 That is not true of trailers and trailered boats that may have internal ballast tanks. Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post, 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, 27 Aug. 2019 Ted’ Smith trailered his 1947 Cushman Scooter for showing in the Antique Motorcycle category. Denise Coffey,, 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, 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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19 Oct 2021

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“Trailer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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.


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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