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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 Kevin Krizek, a professor at University of Colorado Boulder, pointed to Helsinki, Finland, which offers a transportation card that gives people access to buses, commuter trains, metro, trams and ferries. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Uber wants to sell you bus tickets on your next trip to Vegas," 6 Jan. 2020 The upper tram terminal elevator and upper platform will also be closed due to safety., "Portland Aerial Tram closed until next week," 2 July 2019 Capture the motion of dancing fountains, quirky trams clattering up steep streets, and tumbling acrobats at the Chapitô circus school. National Geographic, "Lisbon High School Photography Workshop," 12 June 2019 For those who enjoy meeting people from all over the world, there are tour guide, education department, gift shop, information booth, tram driver, evening concert and holiday event volunteer positions. Harriet Blake,, "How to thrive in volunteer roles after retirement," 3 Dec. 2019 The mountain is closed this weekend as crews make snow and perform tram maintenance. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Sad days for snow lovers as the holiday season opens," 27 Nov. 2019 According to a recent release, the closure allows crews to shorten the tram’s haul rope., "Portland Wednesday traffic: Pole down causes major MAX line delays through the morning commute," 3 July 2019 Take a tram through wine country More than a hundred years ago, farmers laid down train tracks on the Western Cape to transport produce to the marketplace. Gulnaz Khan, National Geographic, "Looking to escape the cold? Head to South Africa," 19 Nov. 2019 The 9:08 tram at our stop in Munich arrived at 9:08, and another one was 15 minutes behind. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Clean streets, clean government, good beer. On a trip through Germany, many hints of our Wisconsin home.," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of tram was circa 1517

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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tram.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tram

US : a vehicle that runs on a track or on rails and that is usually used to carry groups of people for a short distance

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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