Origin of trailer

First recorded in 1580–90; trail + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 and Canadian a large enclosed vehicle capable of being pulled by a car or lorry and equipped to be lived inAlso 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