\ 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

Noun Take the tram to the departure terminal.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The tram remained closed Tuesday for road inspections. Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2022 Researchers in Warsaw, Poland, wrote in a 2018 study that green tram tracks not only cool the surrounding area by evaporating stored rainwater, but also dampen noise and are well-received by the public. Wired, 31 July 2022 An accident involving the aerial tram at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on Saturday left a contractor severely injured, the Casper Star Tribune reported. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 July 2022 In addition to zip lining and aerial ropes, the cavern also offers a historic tram tour and a 90-minute walking tour. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 23 June 2022 Someone once followed me out of a tram and into a shop to tell me this. Carly Findlay,, 21 Apr. 2022 At Shark Valley in Florida’s Everglades National Park, home to more than 200,000 alligators, visitors can observe the large reptiles from a tram or along a wooden boardwalk. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 The World-Famous Studio Tour is a unique 60-minute journey that includes behind-the-scenes access to working sets while intermixing themed attraction experiences, all while sitting aboard a tram. Carly Caramanna, Travel + Leisure, 15 June 2022 City leaders last week authorized City Manager Rorie Watt to negotiate an agreement with Goldbelt Inc., an Alaska Native corporation that operates a tram near downtown Juneau and owns land near Eaglecrest. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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12 Aug 2022

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“Tram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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