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

Watch the cast's inner divas come out in the full trailer, below, and get a taste of what promise to be some of your favorite new original songs. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Netflix Releases Trailer for Reality Series Westside," 11 Oct. 2018 Take a look at the trailer for the show's 15 season below, and get excited for the series' return with a two-hour premiere September 27 at 8:00 p.m. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The New 'Grey's Anatomy' Trailer is Here, and I Have Questions," 11 Sep. 2018 There was a heap of pulpy wood shavings in the trailer, yes. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Truck hauled wood shavings into US. Dusty, hidden hand gave away other cargo, agents say," 31 May 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Check out the trailer: From the looks of it, Listenbee has finally been prepped adequately to do such an interview. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "HBO Real Sports piece on TCU won't be a good look... for the school or Gary Patterson | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 Apr. 2018 Here’s a trailer: What are some of the most egregious things in it? Hoo boy. Anna Silman, The Cut, "The Pro-Life ‘Roe v. Wade’ Movie Sounds Like a Total Disaster," 13 July 2018 Offices will be on the south side of the building facing I-88, with docks and 49 trailer spaces on the north side. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora council approves final part of West Corporate Center," 13 July 2018 Its maximum payload is 7153 lb and its trailer-towing capacity is 23,200 lb, when properly equipped. Car and Driver, "No title," 12 July 2018 Check out this movie trailer that President Trump presented to Kim. Greg Gutfeld, Fox News, "Gutfeld on the Trump-Kim summit video," 13 June 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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