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

Anime News Network reported the news out of the Anime Expo yesterday, and studio Sunrise has released a couple of short, related teaser trailers. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Akira is getting a 4K remaster and a new anime series," 5 July 2019 The first trailer for the film dropped Tuesday, and hoo boy—this looks like fun. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "The Walking Dead (Comic) Is Over," 4 July 2019 That means commercial vehicles, including tanker trailers, won’t be permitted in the downtown and Inner Harbor until midnight. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Federal authorities warn of possible Fourth of July terrorism, but no 'credible and specific' threat," 2 July 2019 When Reitman was announced as director in January, a teaser trailer and release date were ready the next day. Justin Kroll, chicagotribune.com, "Paul Rudd joins ‘Ghostbusters 2020’," 27 June 2019 Stop by the open house at the on-site sales trailer July 1-6, located at 930 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Live in the heart of Silverthorne along the banks of the Blue River at the new River West development," 27 June 2019 Ultimately, he was given a plum assignment as recovery engineer inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility, a converted Airstream trailer, with the flight crew and surgeon aboard the USS Hornet, 900 miles southwest of Hawaii in the North Pacific Ocean. al.com, "The hard-charging space program: Breakthroughs, breakdowns and breakneck," 27 June 2019 The film's account also shared the cryptic trailer teaser and tagged Grande, Cyrus and Del Rey. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "Power Pop Trio: Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande & Lana Del Rey Teaming Up for New 'Charlie's Angels' Song," 26 June 2019 While details were scarce, the teaser trailer showed Link and Zelda exploring a dungeon together. Allen Kim, CNN, "Sequel to Zelda, Smash Bros. DLC characters and more revealed at E3 2019," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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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