mono·​rail ˈmä-nə-ˌrāl How to pronounce monorail (audio)
: a single rail serving as a track for a wheeled vehicle
also : a vehicle traveling on such a track

Illustration of monorail

Illustration of monorail

Examples of monorail in a Sentence

Monorails connect different parts of the park. The passengers boarded the monorail.
Recent Examples on the Web Guests staying at select Magic Kingdom area resorts can also take the monorail or a boat from their hotel. Jacqueline Dole, Travel + Leisure, 1 May 2024 Newark Airport Terminals Newark Liberty International Airport has three standalone terminals: A, B, and C. Passengers can travel between terminals, parking lots, shuttle stops, and rental car facilities on the AirTrain monorail, which operates 24 hours a day and is free to ride within the airport. Harriet Baskas, Travel + Leisure, 2 Feb. 2024 Finalists reportedly included Seattle, where Climate Pledge Arena is served by both a monorail — a 90-second ride from downtown — and a separate light rail service. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 5 Jan. 2024 Half of these proposals call for a monorail along the 405 Freeway. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Jan. 2024 Between the monorail, trams, taxis, and rideshares, travelers are bombarded with transportation options. Alex Schechter, Travel + Leisure, 29 Mar. 2023 Similar measures are also in place on resort transportation, including buses, monorails and watercraft boats. Michelle Marchante, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Any Disney guest is welcome to book a dining reservation at one of the Grand Floridian's luxurious sit-down restaurants or to travel by bus, car, boat, or monorail to the Grand Floridian to grab a drink at one of its lounges or dine at its quick-service restaurant, Gasparilla Island Grill. Terri Peters, Chron, 16 Dec. 2023 Originally opened in 1971 alongside Florida's Magic Kingdom park, the monorail system remains one of the most iconic attractions on the Disney property., 1 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of monorail was in 1884

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“Monorail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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mono·​rail ˈmän-ə-ˌrāl How to pronounce monorail (audio)
: a single rail serving as a track for cars that balance on or hang from it
also : a car using such a track

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