rail·​bird ˈrāl-ˌbərd How to pronounce railbird (audio)
: a racing enthusiast who sits on or near the track rail to watch a race or workout

Examples of railbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike political railbirds in Washington, most GOP primary voters are not obsessively following the campaign news. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 6 June 2023 In horse racing, a railbird is a track regular who hangs on the rail to watch the horses from up close to the action. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 19 Feb. 2020 Sent off at a generous 27-1 in the Derby, but a popular buzz horse among railbirds, Hofburg and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. steadied twice in the second turn before restarting and finishing energetically in seventh place. Tim Layden, SI.com, 7 June 2018 My editor, Jim—both a Jersey guy and a railbird—asked. Jason Gay, WSJ, 18 June 2018

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'railbird.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of railbird was in 1892

Dictionary Entries Near railbird

Cite this Entry

“Railbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railbird. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!