Definition of trailer in English:


Syllabification: trail·er
Pronunciation: /ˈtrālər


  • 1An unpowered vehicle towed by another, in particular.
  • 1.1The rear section of a tractor-trailer.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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  • 1Advertise (a movie or program) in advance by broadcasting excerpts or details.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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