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

Example Sentences

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
Warning, this trailer may not be safe for work (or humanity). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 19 Jan. 2023 Hayden Panettiere returns to the Scream franchise in the latest trailer for Scream VI. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Jan. 2023 Which seems clear enough, but the trailer is enough to get fans — and annoying media voices — asking the question again. Jem Aswad, Variety, 13 Jan. 2023 The court also rejected Universal’s First Amendment claim, finding that the trailer was commercial speech, and thus subject to regulation under California law. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 12 Jan. 2023 The trailer for Land of the Giants: Dating Games is available here, with the first episode out today. Aude White, The Verge, 11 Jan. 2023 But even though the trailer for the Feb. 24 release is oh so unbelievable, the movie is inspired by at least the basic details of a true incident. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 2 Jan. 2023 The trailer is exciting, Nolan’s name is its own draw and people involved sound confident, given the promise of a long theatrical window. Ryan Faughnderstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2022 The trailer was sweet enough, decorated with paintings of stags. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 3 Dec. 2022
Verb
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 Anglers will trailer their catches roughly 60 miles to daily weigh-ins set for Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 6 June 2020 The holder also has comfortable knob disconnects for trailering boats to and from the water. : Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, 7 May 2020 On the day of departure, Andy picked Joe and me up at 3 a.m. in his mom’s minivan, trailering a camper with a bumper sticker that read: LIFESTYLES OF THE POOR AND UNKNOWN. The Editors, Field & Stream, 24 Feb. 2020 Most important to Sierra HD owners is trailering capability, and GMC answers their needs with the available ProGrade Trailering System. Tim Spell, Houston Chronicle, 10 Jan. 2020 That is not true of trailers and trailered boats that may have internal ballast tanks. Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post, 2 Dec. 2019 This means that after trailering boats, and before getting on the road, boaters must pull plugs, drain water and remove plants and debris. Maryann Struman, Detroit Free Press, 27 Aug. 2019 Ted’ Smith trailered his 1947 Cushman Scooter for showing in the Antique Motorcycle category. Denise Coffey, courant.com, 19 Aug. 2019 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near trailer

Cite this Entry

“Trailer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trailer. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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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