Origin of racetrack

First recorded in 1855–60
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Related Words for race-track


Examples from the Web for race-track

Historical Examples of race-track

  • Well, at that, the race-track game is no game for a married man, is it?

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • The race-track annual had said Billy Garrison had followed the ponies since boyhood.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • He would have done better to go on the race-track, as far as concerned a career.

  • He had been thinking all the time of his "pull" with the race-track magnates.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

  • I'll expose him as a race-track gambler, a fraud, a swindler!

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish

British Dictionary definitions for race-track


  1. a circuit or course, esp an oval one, used for motor racing, speedway, etc
  2. Also called: racecourse mainly US and Canadian a long broad track, usually of grass, enclosed between rails, and with starting and finishing points marked upon it, over which horses are raced
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Word Origin and History for race-track

1814, from race (n.1) + track (n.).

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