\ ˈtram How to pronounce tram (audio) \

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

Police said the victim, who was on her way to a departing flight, took an automated tram to her terminal about 5 p.m. Aug. 1, accidentally leaving behind her purse, which held four credit cards and a gold bracelet. Jeff Weiner,, "Orlando airport worker found purse on tram, used traveler’s credit cards for ‘shopping spree,’ cops say," 19 Aug. 2019 Given the service’s popularity, ATM is looking into expanding capacity by adding a third tram to the roster. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "Ride and Eat in the First Rolling Restaurant in Italy," 10 Aug. 2019 As night fell, protesters gathered at metro station exits across Hong Kong, then fanned out along the streets as passing trams honked in support and passersby chanted along. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Thirty years on, Hong Kong is emulating a human chain that broke Soviet rule," 23 Aug. 2019 Shuttle buses, which once offered a tram-like experience, often have been jammed with so many people that the buses resembled cans packed with baby sardines. Tom Stienstra,, "Yosemite’s Glacier Point Road set to close in 2021," 18 Aug. 2019 The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant project consisted of three converted vintage W class trams in Melbourne that began operating in November of 1982. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "Ride and Eat in the First Rolling Restaurant in Italy," 10 Aug. 2019 The footballers, smartly dressed with no team badges on display to hint at their occupations, come to a halt near a tram stop. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Megan Rapinoe: USWNT captain, World Cup winner and campaigner for social justice," 28 June 2019 The residents of Beirut came to rely on service taxis after trams and railways were destroyed during the 15-year civil war that ended in 1990. The Economist, "How Beirut’s shared taxis cope with Uber," 8 Aug. 2019 One of the biggest concerns across stretches of Europe is that transit infrastructure — like tram and train tracks — could buckle and cause accidents, and the imposition of speed limits to help increase safety could slow traffic. Megan Specia, New York Times, "The heat wave is Europe’s new normal.," 26 June 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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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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