trol·​ley | \ ˈträ-lē How to pronounce trolley (audio) \
variants: or less commonly trolly
plural trolleys also trollies

Definition of trolley

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a streetcar powered electrically through a trolley

called also trolley car

b : a device that carries electric current from an overhead wire to an electrically driven vehicle
2 : a wheeled carriage running on an overhead rail or track
3 chiefly British : a cart or wheeled stand used for conveying something (such as food or books)
4 dialectal, England : a cart of any of various kinds


variants: or less commonly trolly
trolleyed also trollied; trolleying also trollying

Definition of trolley (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to convey by a trolley

intransitive verb

: to ride on a trolley

Examples of trolley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Owners Sherrill Paul Witt and Peter Paul are putting the brakes permanently on the trolley, which canvased Northeast Ohio streets and landmarks since April 15, 1985. Marc Bona, cleveland, 13 May 2022 After the ceremony, guests were transported via trolley to the museum. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 13 May 2022 If Rick Caruso becomes mayor, will Los Angeles be all dancing fountains and trolley rides? Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 The Gray Line also offers a hop-on, hop-off trolley to nine stops along the scenic highway, with fares starting at $21. oregonlive, 9 May 2022 Vintage trolley rides are also available for those looking for a shorter excursion. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 25 Apr. 2022 Bus and trolley use had plunged as COVID-19 shuttered workplaces and ushered in a wave of telecommuting. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 Nine people were injured in September when an escalator at the Back Bay Station malfunctioned, and more than two dozen went to the hospital last July when a Green Line train rear-ended another trolley. CBS News, 3 May 2022 Designer Hubert Zandberg paired a travertine bathtub with a custom screen and vintage brass trolley, which was found at a Parisian flea market. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 3 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 360-degree spinner wheels are easy to trolley across terminals. Sian Babish,, 22 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of trolley


1823, in the meaning defined at sense 4


1882, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for trolley


probably from troll entry 2

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18 May 2022

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“Trolley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for trolley


trol·​ley | \ ˈträ-lē How to pronounce trolley (audio) \
plural trolleys

Kids Definition of trolley

1 : a passenger car that runs on tracks and gets its power through electricity
2 : a wheeled cart


variants: also trolly \ ˈträl-​ē How to pronounce trolley (audio) \
plural trolleys also trollies

Medical Definition of trolley

: gurney

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