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Definition of trailer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    trailer

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈtreɪlə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtreɪlər//
     
    Showing films, TV shows, Types of vehicle, Camping
     
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  1. 1 a truck, or a container with wheels, that is pulled by another vehicle a car towing a trailer with a boat on it see also tractor-trailer See related entries: Types of vehicle
  2. 2 (North American English) (British English mobile home) a vehicle without an engine, that can be pulled by a car or truck or used as a home or an office when it is parked a trailer park (= an area where trailers are parked and used as homes) See related entries: Camping
  3. 3(North American English) = mobile home (1)
  4. 4(especially British English) (usually North American English preview) a series of short scenes from a film/movie or television programme, shown in advance to advertise it Synonymsadvertisementpublicity ad commercial promotion trailerThese are all words for a notice, picture or film/​movie telling people about a product, job or service.advertisement a notice, picture or film/​movie telling people about a product, job or service; an example of something that shows its good qualities; the act of advertising something and making it public:Put an advertisement in the local paper to sell your car. Dirty streets are no advertisement for a prosperous society.publicity [U] the business of attracting the attention of the public to somebody/​something such as a company, book, film/​movie, film/​movie star or product; the things that are done to attract attention:She works in publicity. There has been a lot of advance publicity for her new film.ad, advert (informal) a notice, picture or film/​movie telling people about a product, job or service:We put an ad in the local paper. an ad for a new chocolate barcommercial an advertisement on television or on the radio.promotion a set of advertisements for a particular product or service; activities done in order to increase the sales of a product or service:a special promotion of local products She works in sales and promotion.trailer (especially British English) a series of short scenes from a film/​movie or television programme, shown in advance to advertise it.Patterns (a/​an) advertisement/​publicity/​ad/​commercial/​promotion/​trailer for something a TV/​television/​radio/​cinema advertisement/​ad/​commercial/​promotion to run/​show a(n) advertisement/​ad/​commercial/​trailer See related entries: Showing films, TV shows
  5. Extra examples He featured in the trailer for the movie. a broken-down car on a trailer a trailer carrying a motor boat The review said that if you’ve seen the trailer, you needn’t bother watching this film.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: trailer