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 As the victim slept in the trailer, Schmidt sneaked inside and stabbed him, the prosecutor said during his opening statement. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prosecutor: Iraq war veteran stabbed sleeping stranger ‘just because he wanted to kill somebody’," 11 Sep. 2019 Even better: Kate and Mary reportedly arrived to the festival, in Surrey, England, in the trailer of a tractor. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton and Mary Berry Just Hung Out at the Garden Kate Designed," 10 Sep. 2019 The Webb clan lived in a trailer the size of a rowboat, situated at the end of the runway at Sheppard Air Force Base. Longreads, "The Story of Country Music’s Great Songwriting Duo," 3 Sep. 2019 In the trailer, Scott picks up his daughter to show her the crowd at one of his shows. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Travis Scott's Surprise Netflix Doc Is All About Music, Kylie Jenner, & Daughter Stormi," 24 Aug. 2019 After the hurricane subsided, her family lived in a trailer for months, and her 9-year-old sister was hospitalized for pneumonia caused by black mold. CBS News, ""We're still here": Volunteers rebuilding homes 2 years after Hurricane Harvey," 24 Aug. 2019 There is only one right moment, and it must be summoned: if someone asks the driver, What’s in the trailer? Brandon Shimoda, Harper's magazine, "The Fruits of Suffering," 19 Aug. 2019 If her performance in the trailer for this movie is any indication, Kaitlyn would have no trouble confronting heavier subjects in Platform. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "‘Last Man Standing’ Star Kaitlyn Dever Was Just Cast in Another Show," 30 July 2019 This 1970 biker drama starring Joe Namath and Ann-Margret is promoted in a trailer when Tate goes to see herself at the movies. Bruce Fretts, New York Times, "“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”," 30 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Aggressive weed that can harm fish and choke boat motors found near Lake Michigan," 27 Aug. 2019 Ted’ Smith trailered his 1947 Cushman Scooter for showing in the Antique Motorcycle category. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "For The Love Of Motorcycles," 19 Aug. 2019 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

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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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29 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for trailer

The first known use of trailer was in 1590

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trailer

noun
How to pronounce trailer (audio)

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

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