Underground Railroad

noun
variants: or less commonly Underground Railway

Definition of Underground Railroad

: a system of cooperation among active antislavery people in the U.S. before 1863 by which people escaping enslavement were secretly helped to reach the North or Canada

First Known Use of Underground Railroad

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Underground Railroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Underground%20Railroad. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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