Meaning of Rheingold in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrʌɪnɡəʊld/


  • In full "Rheingold Express". A luxury train which ran along the course of the Rhine between the Hook of Holland (near Rotterdam) and Basel.

    The train operated from 1928–38, and as a limited West German service between 1951–61. From 1962 it once again linked the Netherlands and Switzerland, ceasing operation in 1987.


1920s; earliest use found in The Times. From German Rheingold, literally ‘gold of the Rhine’ (from Rhein, the name of the River Rhine + Gold), in Das Rheingold, the name of an opera by Richard Wagner (first performed in 1869), the first part of the tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen.