trailer

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noun

trail·​er ˈtrā-lər How to pronounce trailer (audio)
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
2
a
: 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

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verb

trailered; trailering; trailers

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
trailerable adjective
trailering 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
Sign up for Entertainment Weekly's free newsletter to get the latest trailers, celebrity interviews, film reviews, and more. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 9 June 2024 The new trailer leans way more into bits and one-liners than the previous two. Wes Davis, The Verge, 8 June 2024
Verb
While there are dirt bike and motocross tracks in suburbs of many cities, including Baltimore, access is limited to people who have the resources to trailer their dirt bikes to the track, says Dr. Drewery. Sophie Hills, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Apr. 2023 Those who own 2021 Escalades with Super Cruise and an active Super Cruise plan can get the automatic lane change software update, plus a new trailering capability so owners can trailer their boat, camper and more while driving hands-free. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 15 Mar. 2022 See all Example Sentences for trailer 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1938, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trailer was in 1590

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Cite this Entry

“Trailer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trailer. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

trailer

noun
trail·​er
ˈtrā-lər
1
: one that trails
2
a
: a vehicle designed to be hauled (as by a tractor)
b
: a vehicle designed to serve wherever parked as a dwelling or as a place of business
3

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