Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: 'something that is pulled along behind', from trainer; TRAIN2


1 noun
train1 S1 W2 [countable]


TTT a set of several carriages that are connected to each other and pulled along a railway line by an engineCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
by train (=travelling on a train) catch/get a train get on/board a train get off a train take a train (=travel using a train) wait for a train miss a train (=be too late to get on a train) a train pulls into/out of a station freight/goods train (=a train that carries goods) passenger train (=a train that carries people) commuter train (=a train that people going to work use) train journey/ride train fare (=the money you pay for a train journey)
train to
the train to Munich
We went all the way to Inverness by train.
It's more relaxing to go by train.
You need to catch the early train to Bruges.
We were finally given instructions to board the train.
At Richmond a lot of people got off the train.
I took the first train home.
a lone commuter waiting for a train late at night
I missed the train and had to wait another two hours.
The train pulled out of Paddington, and soon we were racing towards Wales.
They would go on long train journeys together.
boat train


a train of something

a series of events or actions that are related:
The decision set off a train of events which led to his resignation.

train of thought

a related series of thoughts that are developing in your mind:
The phone interrupted my train of thought.
I've lost my train of thought.

bring something in its train

formal if an action or event brings something in its train, that thing happens as a result of it:
a decision that brought disaster in its train

set something in train

British English formal to make a process start happening:
Plans to modernize have been set in train.


a long line of moving people, animals, or vehicles:
a camel train


DCC a part of a long dress that spreads out over the ground behind the person wearing it:
a wedding dress with a long train


a group of servants or officers following an important person, especially in the past

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