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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


Take the tram to the departure terminal.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Siemens has successfully demonstrated the world's first autonomous tram. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "World's First Self-Driving Trolley Starts Taking Passengers," 24 Sep. 2018 At Houston, the airport said passengers scheduled to depart from Terminal B, which is closed, will instead go through security at checkpoints located in other terminals and then walk or take a tram to their gates. Alison Sider, WSJ, "TSA Staffing Shortages Spread Amid Government Shutdown," 14 Jan. 2019 For a picturesque view, head towards Sterling Vineyards to take the only aerial tram in Napa Valley to the entrance of its Mediterranean-style winery. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Eat and Drink in Napa Valley," 9 Jan. 2019 The tour is huge rock n’roll party on a vintage tram that rumbles through Rome. Maresa Manara, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Tours in Rome," 4 Mar. 2018 There's no hike down either — a free tram ride returns you to Alyeska Resort where the trail starts. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "12 Anchorage-area hikes you can do in about 5 hours or less," 15 June 2018 Visitors can join a murder mystery adventure, take tram rides, or even don a lighted helmet to explore older parts of the excavation. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "Notes from the underground: Subterranean sites lure travelers," 27 Apr. 2018 What to Do Explore Harrison's Cave Located dead center on the island, this limestone cave features deep pools, stunning waterfalls, and a tram so visitors can don a hard hat and roll along on a one-tour tour. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 As part of the renovations, visitors who wait for the tram to take them up the 630-foot-high arch can watch a 100-foot-wide media wall that will show videos of the monument’s creation. Mary Forgione,, "Gateway Arch's $380-million makeover brings renovated museum and visitor center — and a new name," 4 July 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

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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