Definition of trailer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrālər/


1An unpowered vehicle towed by another, in particular.
1.1The rear section of a tractor-trailer.
Example sentences
  • Then France, driving an articulated lorry and trailer, ploughed into the rear of the van, then collided with the parked Range Rover.
  • Lorries and unaccompanied trailers were prevented from being loaded onto ferries, but passengers were allowed to board.
  • The gang broke the padlock to a trailer attached to a lorry and removed four boxes of cigarettes and tobacco worth approximately £10,000.
1.2An open cart.
Example sentences
  • A big bonfire and torchlight lit the night sky as the team made their way on to the open trailer.
  • These days, trailers had open tops, passengers got on and off sidelong, and the conductor moved around on a special step.
  • The marina is so large that several golf carts with trailers are driven around all day to move people and gear to and from the parking lot.
1.3A platform for transporting a boat.
Example sentences
  • Furthermore, the insurance should cover the boat, the motor, and the trailer used to transport the boat.
  • Similarly, where boats are kept on trailers without wheel clamps, and disappear in the night, you can kiss goodbye to a claim.
  • The company can also build trailers to suit each boat for easy transport.
1.4North American An unpowered vehicle equipped for living in, typically used during vacations.
Example sentences
  • I might consider getting a double wide trailer or something.
  • That could break the mold and then every star wants a 40-foot trailer.
  • It's been called one of the great achievements of the new age, and a British magazine said it looked like a glorified house trailer.
2An excerpt or series of excerpts from a movie or program used to advertise it in advance; a preview.
Example sentences
  • Both the featurette and the film's widescreen theatrical trailer appear on the pan-and-scan side of the platter.
  • There is a very complete biography of Alec Guinness and the theatrical trailer for the film.
  • Extras are slim, with only a trailer and an eight-minute featurette on the making of the film.
3A thing that trails, especially a trailing plant.
Example sentences
  • In the largest ones, I usually include one or two flags, two or three fillers, one or two contrast and accent plants, and two or three trailers and weavers.
  • For trailers and climbers, ivy variants are excellent and come in a range of colours.


[with object]
1Advertise (a movie or program) in advance by broadcasting excerpts or details.
Example sentences
  • The drama has been heavily trailered on the main channels, focusing on the shocking behaviour of one of the younger detectives, but there is more to it than that.
  • The government's review of energy policy, which has been widely trailered as backing new nuclear power stations, might end up rejecting them.
2Transport (something) by trailer.
Example sentences
  • If you trailer your boat to inland waters, you can unknowingly transport invasive species from one waterbody to another.
  • They are not allowed to trailer their own boats, so they must join up with other schools such as St. Thomas in order to travel to regattas.
  • In Seattle, they found a 1968 Fiat 850 Spyder that had been converted to electric, trailered it home to Spokane and tore it apart in their garage.

Words that rhyme with trailer

Adela, bailer, bailor, baler, Benguela, bewailer, derailleur, hailer, inhaler, jailer, loudhailer, mailer, nailer, railer, retailer, sailer, sailor, scaler, Scheele, shillelagh, tailor, Taylor, Venezuela, vuvuzela, wailer, whaler

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Syllabification: trail·er

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