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[trey-ler] /ˈtreɪ lər/
a large van or wagon drawn by an automobile, truck, or tractor, used especially in hauling freight by road.
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.
a person or thing that trails.
a trailing plant.
a short promotional film composed of clips showing highlights of a movie due for release in the near future.
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).
Ceramics. a can with a spout, used in slip trailing.
Origin of trailer
1580-90; trail + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Roberts picked up from the fort a Mescalero Apache famous as a trailer.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • "We can come back and look at your trailer tomorrow in daylight," said Rush.

    Old Rambling House Frank Patrick Herbert
  • The rental charge for the trailer was about $5.00 and was paid by Oswald.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • "That's the way I feel," answered the trailer, and his tone was conclusive.

    They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland
  • Objection to the trailer that it tends to shorten the life of the truck is hardly worth consideration.

    Motor Truck Logging Methods Frederick Malcolm Knapp
British Dictionary definitions for trailer


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

1890, "vehicle pulled by another," agent noun from trail (v.); originally a small carriage drawn along by a bicycle. Meaning "preview of a coming movie" first attested 1928. Trailer park recorded by 1936. Trailer trash in use by 1986.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A person's particular trait or strong point; someone's MIDDLE NAME: Shyness is not my trademark (1869+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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