trailer

[trey-ler]
noun
1.
a large van or wagon drawn by an automobile, truck, or tractor, used especially in hauling freight by road. Compare full trailer, semitrailer.
2.
Also called travel trailer. a vehicle attached to an automobile and used as a mobile home or place of business, usually equipped with furniture, kitchen facilities, bathroom, etc. Compare tent trailer.
3.
a person or thing that trails.
4.
a trailing plant.
5.
a short promotional film composed of clips showing highlights of a movie due for release in the near future.
6.
blank film at the end of a reel or strip of film, for winding off the film in a motion-picture camera or projector. Compare leader ( def 6 ).
7.
Ceramics. a can with a spout, used in slip trailing.

Origin:
1580–90; trail + -er1

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trailer (ˈtreɪlə)
 
n
1.  a road vehicle, usually two-wheeled, towed by a motor vehicle: used for transporting boats, etc
2.  the part of an articulated lorry that is drawn by the cab
3.  a series of short extracts from a film, used to advertise it in a cinema or on television
4.  a person or thing that trails
5.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): caravan a large enclosed vehicle capable of being pulled by a car or lorry and equipped to be lived in

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Word Origin & History

trailer
1890, "vehicle pulled by another," from trail (v.); originally a small carriage drawn along by a bicycle. Meaning "preview of a coming movie" first attested 1928. Trailer park first recorded 1947.
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Slang Dictionary

trailer definition


  1. mod.
    trashy, as in trailer park trash. : The guy's a loser. Strictly trailer.
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Example sentences
And when the playhouse folded up and drove off, a screen mounted on the side of
  the trailer replayed the show for all to see.
We'd been campers, and our miners' shacks were much-improved versions of tent
  or trailer.
Try telling an over the road tractor trailer driver that.
In fact its initial dimensions were set by road regulations on truck trailer
  size.
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