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"trunk" in British English

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trunknoun

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

B2 [C] the thick main stem of a tree, from which its branches grow
[C] the main part of a person's body, not including the head, legs, or arms: The statue shows the head, trunk, and arms of an old man.
[C] specialized medical the main part of a blood vessel 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 top part of the legs and is worn when swimming
a piece of men's underwear that covers the hips and bottom and the top part 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 thick main stem of a tree, from which the branches grow
A person’s trunk is the main part of the body, not including the head, legs, or arms.
  • trunk noun [C] (NOSE)

an elephant’s nose, which is like a long tube that bends easily
  • trunk noun [C] (STORAGE SPACE)

a closed space at the back of a car where things can be stored
A trunk is also a large, strong case used to store or transport clothes and other possessions.
(Definition of trunk from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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