trailer

noun
trail·​er | \ ˈtrā-lər How to pronounce trailer (audio) \

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 How to pronounce trailerable (audio) \ adjective
trailering \ ˈtrā-​lə-​riŋ How to pronounce trailering (audio) \ 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

After a week’s worth of speculation about whether or not Beyoncé and Netflix had joined forces, the Internet received its answer this morning with the drop of the Homecoming trailer. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "A First Look at Beyoncé’s Electrifying New Netflix Documentary, Homecoming," 8 Apr. 2019 Fans brightened screenshots of the trailer to show two figures behind Stark. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "There's a Crazy Theory Explaining Why Arya Stark Was Running in the Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer," 8 Mar. 2019 Today, a team of traffic specialists works out of a trailer at the airport armed with data on anticipated hourly passenger numbers and with a playbook for how to open and close roads whenever gridlock threatens. Paul Berger, WSJ, "LaGuardia’s High-Flying Makeover Has Travelers Doing Double-Takes," 23 Feb. 2019 Announced at Celebration Chicago, the trailer is equally exciting and revealing. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the First Trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 12 Apr. 2019 The trailer that came out earlier this year was also deeply unsettling, with the former heartthrob channeling the remorseless sociopath with absolutely meticulous precision. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "When Is Netflix's Ted Bundy Movie Coming Out? It's a Controversial Film," 29 Mar. 2019 The trailer for the film is very brash, showing Elizabeth and Ted's relationship blossom on the backdrop of his brutal kidnappings and murders. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About Zac Efron's New Ted Bundy Movie "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile"," 29 Jan. 2019 The first trailer for Captive State was just a long mash-up of sci-fi cliches. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, UglyDolls, and more," 10 Nov. 2018 The trailer is fairly lightweight, clocking in at 2,200 pounds. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Aluminum camper trailer features a convertible roof for star gazing," 13 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Entrance fees: $6 per vehicle, $2 per dog, $14 per boat or trailered RV Boating: The lake is the centerpiece. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday getaway: Del Valle Regional Park," 29 Apr. 2018 On weekends during racing season, she and her father Fred Yeakel like to trailer this 1964 Chevrolet Corvette up and down the West Coast, racing it in vintage sports car events. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "Our Favorite Rides of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce trailer (audio) \

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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