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Meaning of “trunk” in the English Dictionary

"trunk" in British English

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trunknoun

uk   us   /trʌŋk/
  • trunk noun (MAIN PART)

B2 [C] the ​thickmainstem of a ​tree, from which ​itsbranchesgrow [C] the ​mainpart of a person's ​body, not ​including the ​head, ​legs, or ​arms: The ​statueshows the ​head, trunk, and ​arms of an ​old man. [C] specialized medical the ​mainpart of a ​bloodvessel or ​nerve: a ​nerve trunk ​injury

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  • trunk noun (NOSE)

[C] the ​long, tube-shaped ​nose of an elephant
  • trunk noun (CLOTHES)

trunks UK or old-fashioned US (UK also swimming trunks) a ​piece of men's ​clothing that ​covers the ​hips and ​bottom and the ​toppart of the ​legs and is ​worn when ​swimming a ​piece of men's ​underwear that ​covers the ​hips and ​bottom and the ​toppart of the ​legs
(Definition of trunk from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trunk" in American English

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trunknoun [C]

 us   /trʌŋk/
  • trunk noun [C] (MAIN PART)

the ​thickmainstem of a ​tree, from which the ​branchesgrow A person’s trunk is the ​mainpart of the ​body, not ​including the ​head, ​legs, or ​arms.
  • trunk noun [C] (NOSE)

an elephant’s ​nose, which is like a ​longtube that ​bendseasily
  • trunk noun [C] (STORAGE SPACE)

a ​closedspace at the back of a ​car where things can be ​stored A trunk is also a ​large, ​strongcase used to ​store or ​transportclothes and other possessions.
(Definition of trunk from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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