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Where did the word "Train" come from?

2017-01-09 - Paul Almquist

I encountered this question recently and it intriqued me. I often wonder about why things are called what they are so I googled "etymology 'train'" and here is the answer to the question:

Latin               Old French         Old French        Middle English
trahere     ------->  trahiner  ------->  train  ------->  train
pull, draw                                traine           delay

Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘delay’): from Old French train (masculine), traine (feminine), from trahiner (verb), from Latin trahere ‘pull, draw.’ Early noun senses were ‘trailing part of a robe’ and ‘retinue’; the latter gave rise to ‘line of traveling people or vehicles,’ later ‘a connected series of things.’ The early verb sense ‘cause (a plant) to grow in a desired shape’ was the basis of the sense ‘educate, instruct, teach.’

Do this yourself and you will find some other etymology sources that have additional info, such as, the Online Etymology Dictionary. Here is the link for "train"

Source: Google