[ sem-i-trey-ler ]
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  1. Also called semi. a detachable trailer for hauling freight, with wheels at the rear end, the forward end being supported by the rear of a truck tractor when attached.: Compare full trailer.

Origin of semitrailer

First recorded in 1915–20; semi- + trailer

Words Nearby semitrailer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use semitrailer in a sentence

  • The steel mesh fence was ruptured by a huge semitrailer truck turned on its side.

    The Last Place on Earth | James Judson Harmon

British Dictionary definitions for semitrailer


/ (ˌsɛmɪˈtreɪlə) /

  1. a type of trailer or articulated lorry that has wheels only at the rear, the front end being supported by the towing vehicle

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