adjective De·cau·ville \də̇ˈkōˌvil, -vēl, -kȯˌvil\

Definition of Decauville

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a narrow-gauge railroad whose track is mounted in sections upon transverse metal beams and is easily demountable and transportable

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of decauville

after Paul Decauville †1922 French industrialist who invented equipment for such a railroad

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Decauville? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to help become familiar with something

Get Word of the Day daily email!