Definition of "trunk" []

  • The main woody axis of a tree. (noun)
  • Architecture The shaft of a column. (noun)
  • The body of a human or animal excluding the head and limbs. (noun)
  • The thorax of an insect. (noun)
  • A proboscis, especially the long prehensile proboscis of an elephant. (noun)
  • The main stem of a tree, usually thick and upright, covered with bark and having branches at some distance from the ground (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A large strong case or box used to contain clothes and other personal effects when travelling and for storage (noun)
  • The body excluding the head, neck, and limbs; torso (noun)
  • The elongated prehensile nasal part of an elephant; proboscis (noun)
  • An enclosed compartment of a car for holding luggage, etc, usually at the rear (noun)
  • The main stem of a nerve, blood vessel, etc (noun)
  • A watertight boxlike cover within a vessel with its top above the waterline, such as one used to enclose a centreboard (noun)
  • An enclosed duct or passageway for ventilation, etc (noun)
  • Of or relating to a main road, railway, etc, in a network (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "trunk" in a sentence
  • "As I said before, the elephant's trunk is its nose -- that is, the elephant has to _breathe through the trunk_."
  • "Not content with stripping the tree of its branches, the old tusker seized hold of its trunk -- lapping his own _trunk_ as far as he could around it -- and commenced tugging at it, as if he had hopes of being able to drag it up by the roots."
  • "“The word trunk is really out of date,” the designer Bill Blass, who has been doing these shows for forty years, tells me."