Definition of “trunk” - English Dictionary

“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

More examples

  • The way that the trunk of a tree divides into smaller and smaller branches and twigs is an approximate fractal pattern.
  • This tree trunk sounds hollow.
  • The biggest obstacle in our way was a tree trunk in the road.
  • He whacked the tree trunk with his stick.
  • This totem pole is carved out of a single tree trunk.

(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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