\ˈtram \

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


Take the tram to the departure terminal.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While riding the tram with a group of young adults on Thursday during Markle and Prince Harry's official tour of Australia, the subject of baby names came up. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reportedly Have a 'Long List' of Baby Names," 18 Oct. 2018 Harry and Meghan were quizzed on baby names during a tram ride in Melbourne. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "These Are the Most Likely Names for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby," 18 Oct. 2018 When the obstacle was spotted by its sensors, the tram immediately hit its brakes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "World's First Self-Driving Trolley Starts Taking Passengers," 24 Sep. 2018 Later on, Harry and Meghan will take a tram to South Melbourne beach. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Looked Lovely in a Navy Dion Lee Dress on Tour in Australia Today," 18 Oct. 2018 Just for Mom, the resort is running the tram on May 12 and 13. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Now is the time for early-season deals on Alaska tours and lodges," 5 May 2018 Even the city’s cornflower-blue-and-white trams empty out as residents hop on their bicycles and head for a badi (the natural swimming lidos along the lakes and rivers). Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Plan a Trip to Zurich This Summer (Yes, Really)," 2 May 2018 But there are casualties, including Lanzhou New Area’s tram, a network of tunnels for underground utility lines in the city, and more than 200 other public-private projects -- almost half the total in Gansu., "Xi Jinping’s Debt Clampdown Has Left a Trail of Dead Projects," 15 Jan. 2018 The ride is kind of a spinoff of a 2015 section added to the tram tour at Universal Studios Hollywood. Dewayne Bevil,, "Star power, car stunt opens Fast & Furious ride at Universal Studios," 3 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tram

: 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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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