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trailer

noun trail·er \ ˈtrā-lər \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of trailer

1 : a nonautomotive vehicle designed to be hauled by road: such as
a : a vehicle for transporting something
  • a boat trailer
; especially : semitrailer 1
b : a vehicle designed to serve wherever parked as a temporary dwelling or place of business
2 a : a selected group of scenes that are shown to advertise a movie : preview 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

Examples of trailer in a Sentence

  1. We helped them load the furniture onto the trailer.

  2. the band packed their equipment back into their trailer and headed off to their next gig

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First Known Use of trailer

1590

in the meaning defined at sense 3

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trailer

verb

Definition of trailer

trailered; trailering; trailers
1 : to live or travel in or with a trailer
2 : to be transportable by trailer
  • a light boat that trailers easily
: to transport (something, such as a boat) by means of a trailer

trailerable

play \ˈtrā-lə-rə-bəl\ adjective

trailering

play \ˈtrā-lə-riŋ\ noun

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First Known Use of trailer

1938

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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TRAILER Defined for English Language Learners

trailer

Definition of trailer for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

trailer

noun trail·er \ ˈtrā-lər \

Definition of trailer for Students

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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