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Definition of tram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of various vehicles: such as
a : a carrier that travels on an overhead cable or rails
b chiefly British : streetcar
c : a boxlike wagon running on rails (as in a mine)
2 trams plural, chiefly British : a streetcar line


trammed; tramming

Definition of tram (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to haul in a tram or over a tramway

Examples of tram in a Sentence

Noun Take the tram to the departure terminal.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The old cabins carried a maximum of 125 passengers, the most of any aerial tram in the United States as of 2016, according to Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Mar. 2022 Post up at Hotel Alyeska (from $239), which has a new Nordic spa, an entrancing saltwater pool, and easy access to the 60-person aerial tram that whisks you to the top of the mountain. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 4 Feb. 2022 Or, take a break from the slopes and hop aboard the winter aerial tram for a scenic ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 1 Dec. 2021 When the bus’s tires became caught in streetcar tracks, its passengers avoided colliding with a tram, but only at the last second. The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2022 The tram cars were carrying employees of the tramway and a restaurant atop Sandia Peak on the last ride of the night, according to KOAT. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 1 Jan. 2022 There is a proposal to erect an elevated tram, formally known as the Inglewood Transit Connector, which would link the station to the stadium by 2027, in advance of the Olympics. Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 The tram has about 80 gondolas and takes people 40 feet above the ground. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Jan. 2022 Parking is $20 but admission is free, and the short tram ride from the garage to the museum felt safe with fellow masked, distanced museum-goers — and was part of the fun for a 3-year-old. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tram


circa 1517, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tram


English dialect, shaft of a wheelbarrow, probably from Low German traam, literally, beam

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14 Apr 2022

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“Tram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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