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

Example Sentences

a system of railways that crisscrosses the whole nation
Recent Examples on the Web Meinhard von Gerkan, one of Germany's most famous architects who designed Berlin's Tegel Airport and the capital's main railway station, has died at age 87, his office said on Thursday. Reuters, CNN, 2 Dec. 2022 People gathered for a vigil at Tokyo’s busy Shinjuku railway station Sunday to commemorate the victims of the Urumqi fire. Leo Sands, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2022 The main railway station was thronged with people when an 18-vehicle caravan arrived Wednesday morning, carrying food and medicine in the first such mass distribution since the Russian retreat. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022 Mixing real and fictional characters, the story follows Korean freedom fighter Ahn Jung-geun who assassinated the Japanese official in charge of Korea at a railway station in Harbin, Manchuria. Patrick Frater, Variety, 17 Nov. 2022 The Kyiv School of Economics estimated that by mid-September, Russians had damaged $4.3 billion in railway-station infrastructure and rolling stock. Sarah A. Topol, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2022 Nora district, which for decades was largely a collection of warehouses near a railway station. Craig Karmin, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2022 People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast at a railway station in Seoul on Wednesday. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 2 Nov. 2022 Named for Somsak’s mother, the casual restaurant has the feel of an American diner crossed with a provincial railway station and serves an all-day menu of Thai and international cuisine. John O'ceallaigh, Robb Report, 15 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 8 Dec. 2022.

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

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