rail·​way ˈrāl-ˌwā How to pronounce railway (audio)
: railroad
especially : a railroad operating with light equipment or within a small area

Examples of railway in a Sentence

a system of railways that crisscrosses the whole nation
Recent Examples on the Web Separately the 218-mile Brightline West railway is under construction with completion anticipated ahead of the 2028 Olympic Games to be hosted by Los Angeles. David Faris, Newsweek, 10 July 2024 Last month, the railway agreed to a $310 million settlement with the federal government, requiring the railroad to pay for the Environmental Protection Agency’s cleanup efforts and penalties for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. Justine McDaniel, Washington Post, 25 June 2024 Her father, Mack Caldwell — who had died a decade earlier — had been Grand Secretary for the United Brotherhood of Railway Porters, a union of African-American railway workers and the predecessor of the most influential Black union in the nation. Elizabeth Cobbs / Made By History, TIME, 19 June 2024 In reality, the judge wrote, BNSF made far more than $32 million in post-tax profits, but adding all of that up would have added hundreds of millions more to what was already a large judgment against the railway. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for railway 

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Word History

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of railway was in 1681

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“Railway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railway. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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rail·​way ˈrā(ə)l-ˌwā How to pronounce railway (audio)

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