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

Someone broke a wooden hull support from its mount on the trailer, allowing the jet ski to be stolen without cutting the chain. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Pit bull attacks dog out for walk: Brook Park Police Blotter," 13 Sep. 2019 In Punkin Center, whose 1,500 residents live spread out among manufactured homes and trailers, 50 officers from the FBI to the U.S. Marshal’s Service surrounded a home Wednesday night and flooded it with a spotlight. Washington Post, "Tip leads to arrest of 2 who escaped prison van last month," 12 Sep. 2019 In an interview with law enforcement, Tiffany Williams said the money was spent on an SUV, a camper, two four wheelers and a car trailer, among other things, according to an affidavit. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "A bank mistakenly put $120,000 into a couple's account. They spent it, police say," 9 Sep. 2019 The trailer of a truck towing a construction vehicle overturned in a Hampstead traffic circle at the south end of the Md. 30 bypass Friday morning, tangling up traffic for early commuters. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Trailer carrying construction equipment overturns in Hampstead traffic circle," 6 Sep. 2019 The first trailer, released five months ago, is close to 60 million views. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "Can a Couple of Creepy Clowns Scare Up Big Numbers at the Box Office?," 5 Sep. 2019 Watch the trailer — which is loaded with adult language — on YouTube. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "Martin Lawrence and his zingers steal the ‘Bad Boys for Life’ trailer," 4 Sep. 2019 Ator's home on the outskirts of Odessa was a corrugated metal shack along a dirt road surrounded by trailers, mobile homes and oil pump jacks. Anchorage Daily News, "Texas shooter got gun at private sale after being denied in 2014 background check," 4 Sep. 2019 Twisters spun off by Dorian peeled away roofs and flipped trailers, and more than 250,000 homes and businesses were left without power as the hurricane pushed north along the coastline, its winds weakening after sunset to 100 mph. Meg Kinnard, Twin Cities, "Hurricane Dorian rakes Carolinas as it moves up the coast," 4 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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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