met·​ro | \ ˈme-(ˌ)trō How to pronounce metro (audio) , in French context also mā-ˈtrō How to pronounce metro (audio) \
plural metros

Definition of metro

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met·​ro | \ ˈme-(ˌ)trō How to pronounce metro (audio) \

Definition of metro (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of metro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Rural Republicans and metro area Democratic lawmakers also raised concerns Friday. oregonlive, "Plan by Oregon governor, top lawmakers to constrain spending of federal relief funds faces outcry," 16 May 2020 The plan is for all metro area Cupcake Stations to eventually be remodeled and rebranded as Bakehouse46. Steve Pepple, Detroit Free Press, "Bakehouse46 in Birmingham reopens this weekend," 13 May 2020 And 40,000 of those reside in the Indianapolis, Carmel, and Anderson metro area. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Undocumented Hoosiers can't get most government aid. These young people stepped up.," 5 May 2020 Restaurants in the metro Atlanta region have since Monday been able to accept customers to eat inside, as long as the businesses follow a slate of 39 provisions set up by the state government. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "States plan reopening-based coordination with geographic neighbors," 29 Apr. 2020 At that time in March, most metro Detroit hospitals were filling up with patients who were sick with coronavirus as the region's surge in cases began. Kristen Jordan Shamus,, "COVID-19 nearly killed them both: A Michigan couple's journey to hell and back," 10 May 2020 Practo also observed that parents in metro cities are the most active on the platform. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Indian parents are worried about their kids’ health and missed vaccinations during the lockdown," 28 Apr. 2020 Watson's Flower Shop With three locations across the Valley, Watson's Flower Shop has been part of the Phoenix area since 1927 and delivers to most metro area cities. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "These metro Phoenix florists offer no-contact flower delivery for Mother's Day 2020," 26 Apr. 2020 Among metro Detroit counties, Macomb leads with a return rate to date of 64.6%, the second-highest rate in the state, followed by 63.1% in Oakland and 51.5% in Wayne County. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Despite pandemic chaos, Michigan has one of the highest census response rates in the country," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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“Metro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of metro

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: an underground railway system in some cities


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

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

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