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 The second trailer for Cats is upon us, four long months after the first set the internet ablaze with its eerie, Animorphs-esque blurring of human and cat anatomy. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘Cats,’ Full of Furry Actors and Dubious Decisions, Is the Logical Endpoint of 2019’s Blockbuster Chaos," 19 Nov. 2019 And yes, there’s also a new (and very charming) trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order that came out a day before the game itself last week. Wired, "Cantina Talk: There Might Be a New Star Wars Holiday Special," 18 Nov. 2019 In just the last three months, trailers for the site have garnered over 31 million views, according to social measurement firm Tubular Labs. NBC News, "Disney CEO Bob Iger is the latest celebrity to teach a MasterClass," 14 Nov. 2019 The trailer for the final installment in the Skywalker saga took us to a few new places in the Star Wars universe, but (thankfully) didn’t seem to give too much away in terms of plot for Episode IX of the franchise. Todd Stewart, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ final trailer is here | Watch now," 21 Oct. 2019 Barcelona have released a trailer for their upcoming behind the scenes documentary, 'Matchday', which includes never-seen-before footage of the entire squad. SI.com, "Video: Barcelona Release Trailer for Their Upcoming Behind the Scenes 'Matchday' Documentary," 5 Oct. 2019 Kim Kardashian West has had her fair share of health scares, and the latest trailer for Season 17 of Keeping Up with the Kardashians revealed the reality star recently had another. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "Kim Kardashian Thinks She Has Lupus in New 'KUWTK' Trailer—but What Does That Mean?," 6 Sep. 2019 It was brought on a trailer to the High Street parking lot across from police headquarters so residents could get a look inside. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Hartford police host open house with tours of crime van, bomb truck, patrol boat," 24 Aug. 2019 More information about the show, and a trailer for the series second season, is available at www.thenorthpoleshow.com. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "Rosario Dawson joins cast of Oakland-based web series ‘The North Pole’," 19 Aug. 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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The first known use of trailer was in 1590

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Last Updated

26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Trailer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trailering?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=trailering_1. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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More Definitions for trailer

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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