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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

Meanwhile, Addis Ababa’s tram, the only light rail in sub-Saharan Africa, sailed by on its elevated track. Paul Schemm, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopia’s ethnic divides rock capital," 17 Sep. 2018 After experiencing damage during a winter storm, the trams are temporarily closed but will begin operating again on April 1st. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "What to Do on Your Next Trip to Palm Springs," 5 Mar. 2019 At the end of the show, the visitor learns that in 1944, af Klint died tragically in a tram accident. Jeffrey Bauman, ELLE Decor, "See This Record-Breaking Guggenheim Exhibit Before It’s Gone," 18 Apr. 2019 Getting around: Lyon has a user-friendly transit system with trams, Metro lines, and buses, plus two funiculars to get you up Fourviere Hill. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 From there, hop aboard the free tram, which loops through Balboa Park continuously from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (9 a.m. to 8 p.m. June through October). Cynthia Zanone,, "5 reasons I love San Diego's Balboa Park," 13 May 2018 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

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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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