Word of the Day: trunk

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February 18, 2016
trunk (noun)
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I keep my winter clothes in a big brown trunk.
A trunk is the main stem of a tree, the part of the body between the legs and the head, and the main part of a nerve or artery. The nose of an elephant is also called a trunk. In addition, a trunk is a large box used to store or transport belongings and, in the US, it is also the storage area in the back of a car.


Example sentences


We saw a squirrel run straight up the trunk of the tree.
Bernardo took off his shirt so the doctor could examine his trunk.
The celiac trunk is an artery that branches from the aorta.
Rupert's son loved to draw elephants with long trunks.
I have a trunk of clothes from my aunt that I need to donate to charity.
We are a big family and it's always hard to get everything in the trunk when we go on vacation.


Multi-word forms
Trunks (always plural) is another word for a specific kind of men's clothing. They can be shorts worn for swimming, or close-fitting short underpants that look like tiny, tight shorts. Example: "I'm all ready for the beach! I packed my trunks, flip flops, and sun screen!"
Additional Information
In the UK, people do not say trunk to refer to the back of a car, where they put things like bags and suitcases. Instead, they call it the boot. When we want someone to open the trunk, we can say "Can you pop the trunk?" in the US and "Can you open the boot?" in the UK.
Trunk dates back to the first half of the 15th century and comes from the late Middle English word trunke, which in turn comes from the Latin word truncus, meaning 'trunk' or 'stump.'
Trunk in other languages
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