met·ro | \ˈme-(ˌ)trō, in French context also mā-ˈ \
plural metros

Definition of metro 

(Entry 1 of 2)


met·ro | \ˈme-(ˌ)trō \

Definition of metro (Entry 2 of 2)

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Beyond metro New York City, Democrats will pick nominees in four upstate Republican districts that could be competitive in November. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Things to Know: Trump looms over Tuesday’s primaries," 25 June 2018 Additional car manufacturers and more metro area cities are considering the technology. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Tired of being stuck in JoCo traffic? Here's what's up with road work this summer," 31 May 2018 Newark is one of the three major airports serving metro New York City. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "United juggles flights on dozens of routes at Newark, Washington hubs," 14 May 2018 Surprise, as well as metro Phoenix cities including Glendale, Peoria and Scottsdale, don't adhere strictly to those guidelines. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Surprise city travel includes four-star hotel stays," 16 Apr. 2018 Diane Ramirez, chairman and CEO of Halstead Real Estate says the New York metro housing market is uneven but there are still some big winners., "Upper East Side Three-Bedroom Apartments Hot Again (Podcast)," 4 Oct. 2017 Kansas City's metro bus system is enhancing service to Johnson County and making other improvements, the agency announced this week. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Next stop, Logistics Park: RideKC service heads deep into Johnson County," 3 July 2018 In 2003, civil engineers and archaeologists began construction on the North/South metro line, a six-mile rapid-transit line joining areas of Amsterdam separated by a body of water called the IJ. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "New Website Unearths Amsterdam’s History Via 700,000 Artifacts Spanning 5,000 Years," 2 July 2018 Hoping to get more metro Detroiters aware of the nation’s official end of slavery, organizers of Saturday’s day-long Juneteenth Festival drew only a trickle of attendees to the event, held on a grassy field in Midtown’s Brush Park neighborhood. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Juneteenth, official end to U.S. slavery, remembered at Detroit festival," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of metro


1904, in the meaning defined above


1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metro


French métro, short for (chemin de fer) métropolitain metropolitan railroad

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The first known use of metro was in 1904

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English Language Learners Definition of metro

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: an underground railway system in some cities



English Language Learners Definition of metro (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to a large city and sometimes to the area around it

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