rail etymology

English word rail comes from Proto-Indo-European *krok-, and later Proto-Germanic *hragilą (Clothing; attire. Garment; dress; mantle; robe.)

You can also see our other etymologies for the English word rail. Currently you are viewing the etymology of rail with the meaning: (Noun Verb) (surfing) One of the lengthwise edges of a surfboard.. A horizontal bar extending between supports and used for support or as a barrier; a railing.. A horizontal piece of wood that serves to [...](surfing) One of the lengthwise edges of a surfboard.. A horizontal bar extending between supports and used for support or as a barrier; a railing.. A horizontal piece of wood that serves to [...]

Detailed word origin of rail

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*krok- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*hragilą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Clothing; attire. Garment; dress; mantle; robe.
hræġl Old English (ang)
hræġel Old English (ang)
*reȝol Middle English (enm)
rail English (eng) (surfing) One of the lengthwise edges of a surfboard.. A horizontal bar extending between supports and used for support or as a barrier; a railing.. A horizontal piece of wood that serves to separate sections of a door or window.. A railroad; a railway, as a means of transportation.. The metal bar that makes the track for a railroad. (intransitive) To travel by railway.. (transitive) To [...]

Words with the same origin as rail

Descendants of *krok-
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