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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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Examples from the web for trailer
  • 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.
  • Or one could rent a generator mounted on a trailer hitch.
  • At the moment you would have to pull a tanker trailer of hydrogen behind your car if you were going on a long trip.
  • There ought to be huge trailer mounted generators and or pumps mounted on rocket launcher sized trucks available.
  • At the movies, users might try to identify an actor from a film trailer.
  • It also takes more effort to learn to drive a tractor-trailer than it does a car.
  • The archive-weighing twenty thousand pounds in all-came to the center in a tractor trailer.
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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Slang definitions & phrases for trailer



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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