1 of 2


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


2 of 2


trammed; tramming

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
The couple then took a tram ride across the city to the Place de la Bourse, which is at the heart of Bordeaux’s world heritage site. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 Whereas the trams and metros operate between 6 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., night buses come in clutch for after-dark transport needs. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 12 Sep. 2023 Hilary leaves massive flooding, mudslides, upheaval across Southern California 2 hours ago The tram ride at Universal Studios theme park takes attendees on a tour through various sets that commemorate some of the studio’s iconic films. Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug. 2023 Authorities said bus and tram service in the Paris region would end at 9 p.m. until further notice. Sam Schechner, WSJ, 30 June 2023 The idea to build a pedestrian and cycling tunnel came about during the planning stages for a new light rail tram line in the same region. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Apr. 2023 Tourists can leave the docks and move up the side of a mountain in minutes via a popular tram, see bald eagles perch on light posts and enjoy a vibrant Alaska Native arts community. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Aug. 2023 Throw in a free tourist tram that reaches the major sights — including the Queen Victoria Market, Carlton Gardens, and Federation Square — and Melbourne's got simplicity and safety all rolled up in one. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 13 July 2023 With the support of the IRC, Maryna has been motivated to pursue her dream of becoming a tram driver. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 5 July 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


circa 1517, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tram was circa 1517

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Cite this Entry

“Tram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a cart or wagon running on rails (as in a mine)
chiefly British : streetcar
: an overhead cable car
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