An example of a trunk is the part of a tree from which the branches extend.
An example of a trunk is a person's torso.
An example of a trunk is what an elephant uses to smell and grab things.
An example of a trunk is where the spare tire for your car is stored.
- A covering over the hatches of a ship.
- An expansion chamber on a tanker.
- A cabin on a small boat.
The trunk of a vein or of an artery, as distinct from the branches.
Other Word Forms
Origin of trunk
- Middle English trunke from Old French tronc from Latin truncus terə-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition