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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

Noun Take the tram to the departure terminal.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The tram system averaged 36,500 riders per month and around 438,360 per year before the suspension, the city said. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Balboa Park Tram contract renewed for 5 years," 12 Nov. 2020 Though most of the attention was on angry protests in Naples, normally staid Milan saw its own brief wave of unrest, as demonstrators overturned a tram -- just up the street from a hospital packed with patients seeking treatment for the virus. Marco Bertacche,, "Italy Virus Cases Pass 1 Million With Second Lockdowns Under Way," 11 Nov. 2020 The girl fell from the trailer and was run over by one of the tram’s tires, officials said. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Girl, 3, seriously injured in Florida sightseeing tram accident," 11 Nov. 2020 Snowbird’s famous tram, which usually carries about 100 people per car, will be reduced to 25. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s ski season is ‘gonna be different’ under coronavirus cloud. Here’s what to expect.," 6 Nov. 2020 The 45-minute tram tour ($25) here takes you through the vines and past the fermentation facility and caves before tasting the Sonoma Valley wines. Bryce Wiatrak,, "Tasting sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines at these 7 wineries," 31 Jan. 2018 The first 10 entries to get the correct date win four tram tickets, which usually cost $26.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids ages 3 to 10. Los Angeles Times, "Still no Halloween plans? Try these outdoor activities," 29 Oct. 2020 Skiers will no longer be allowed to get close to strangers on chairlifts or while using the resort’s tram system. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Medical musicians, Ford’s Theatre, Cuomo’s book: News from around our 50 states," 15 Oct. 2020 Portland aerial tram will operate on its regular schedule. oregonlive, "Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day in Oregon: Events, what’s closed, what’s open," 9 Oct. 2020

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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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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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