trailer

noun
trail·er | \ ˈtrā-lər \

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

c : mobile home

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 \ adjective
trailering \ˈtrā-lə-riŋ \ 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

Sawdust Exxon at 710 Sawdust Road will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pick-up for boxes. Staff Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Business Briefs for the Week of July 6-13," 7 July 2018 The trailer, which Amazon Studios dropped on Tuesday, opens with Oscar Isaac's character declaring his love for Olivia Wilde's character. Emily Wang, Glamour, "The Trailer for the This Is Us Creator's New Movie Is Already Making Us Sob," 10 July 2018 Increasingly, smugglers are relying on 18-wheelers, locking migrants in the trailers, often hidden behind the loads of cargo. Nicholas Kulish, New York Times, "Border Patrol’s Last Line of Defense? It Isn’t at the Border," 9 July 2018 Maximum-length RVs, 27-foot trailers, 31-foot motor homes. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Sunday getaway to Samuel P. Taylor State Park," 8 July 2018 The driver of the tractor-trailer, Kamari Kirgger, 27, of Jonesboro, was not injured in the accident, the release said. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Georgia 16-year-old ejected, killed in wreck with tractor-trailer in Florida," 7 July 2018 Some fans saw Mandy’s future coming, since her character didn’t appear much in a teaser trailer for the new season, and neither did Eve. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "‘Last Man Standing’ Is Recasting Two Major Characters Before Season 7," 3 July 2018 The owner was also distracted while using his AutoPilot; the excuse that time was that bright sunlight kept the Tesla system from seeing the big rig truck and trailer’s outline. Ed Wallace\, star-telegram, "Technology’s Blown Engine," 8 June 2018 According to Lexington Battalion Chief Jason Wells, the incident occurred as a result of a truck and a trailer with an acetylene tank exploding in the building. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Officials Investigate Explosion at Kentucky UPS Freight Hub," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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 \

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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