Eisenbahn

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Eisen +‎ Bahn, originally for the iron rails of trains used in mining.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈaɪ̯zənˌbaːn/, [ˈaɪ̯zənˌbaːn], [ˈaɪ̯zn̩ˌbaːn]
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  • Hyphenation: Ei‧sen‧bahn

Noun[edit]

Eisenbahn f (genitive Eisenbahn, plural Eisenbahnen)

  1. railway, railroad (transporting system)
    Synonym: Schienenverkehr
    Die Eisenbahn war die erste Verkehrsrevolution.
    The railway was the first revolution of traffic.
  2. (somewhat informal) train
    Synonym: Zug
    Da hinten kommt eine Eisenbahn!
    There’s a train approaching over there!

Descendants[edit]

  • Italian: ferrovia (calque)

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