el

1 of 3

noun (1)

: the letter l

el

2 of 3

noun (2)

often capitalized
: an urban railway that operates chiefly on an elevated structure
also : a train belonging to such a railway
The big stores. State Street. The el took you downtown in no time. Edna Ferber

el

3 of 3

abbreviation

elevation

Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of el was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“El.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/el. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

el

noun
ˈel
often capitalized
: a railroad operating chiefly on elevated tracks

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