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
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

Billy Quinn surveys the concrete slab where his trailer stood at the Seabreeze Trailer Park in Islamorada two days after Irma hit the Lower Keys. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Hurricane forecasts for your block. There's a website for that now," 22 June 2018 Bell hid inside a shed while others lured the man out of his trailer on Atlanta Road in Marietta, according to a police warrant. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Cobb gang member sentenced for luring man out of trailer, shooting him," 19 June 2018 Watch The Kelly Clarkson Show trailer @kellyclarkson is excited to announce the launch of the @kellyclarksonshow website. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson's New Talk Show Is Officially Coming to TV—Here's What We Know," 26 Jan. 2019 Anyways, check out the trailer below, and smash that subscribe button. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "David Tennant Is Starting a Podcast, and Olivia Colman Will Be His First Guest," 25 Jan. 2019 In preparation for the evening, NBC released a trailer featuring Oh and Samberg talking about the elephant in the room, as well as a compilation of fails and flubs from shows throughout the years. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Watch the Golden Globes 2019 Online," 2 Jan. 2019 Netflix announced Bandersnatch with a surprise trailer drop on Thursday, one day before the film's world premiere tomorrow. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "“Change your future” tomorrow with choice-filled Black Mirror film on Netflix," 27 Dec. 2018 Once cooled, use our printable stencils to cut out doors, shutters, trailer fin, wheels, antler mount, and other smaller pieces. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Build the Ultimate Rustic Gingerbread House With These Easy-to-Follow Stencils," 14 Nov. 2018 The trailer depicts flashes of Elton John in his more formative years with all the glamorous and opulent costumes one expects from him. Fox News, "Elton John biopic 'Rocketman' drops first teaser trailer," 1 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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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