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

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If making money were a team sport, then metro Denver businesses would be heading to the playoffs. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Metro Denver businesses mostly seeing green, not red," 10 July 2019 Portland, however, saw a bump in May that brought metro home sales to their highest level in nearly two years., "Portland metro home prices climb; April ends 10-month slowing streak," 25 June 2019 In fact, people in metro cities are more or less confident than those in non-metros, according to the survey. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Indian millennials’ life goals are evolving rapidly. But honey, where’s the money?," 24 June 2019 Yet another metro golf course is targeted for redevelopment. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Struggling Apple Valley Golf Course targeted for redevelopment," 20 June 2019 So far, Miller has landed players from New Albany, Indianapolis and its metro area, South Bend and Lafayette. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU-bound Trayce Jackson-Davis trumpets Hoosiers on the All-Star trail," 6 June 2019 The metro Atlanta region has seen a 21 percent rise in home prices in the last three years, according to Re/Max Georgia. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: ‘Homes from the $500s!’ So, where do regular folks go?," 20 June 2018 Biloxi, Pensacola, Montgomery, Huntsville, Birmingham and two Jacksons - Tennessee and Mississippi - can all take pride in the presence of a pro sports franchise within their metro regions. Ivana Hrynkiw,, "Thursday crash leaves 68-year-old Selma man dead," 2 Feb. 2018 And don't forget, Milwaukee, with a metro population of around 1.57 million, remains the smallest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the country that has a major-league baseball team. Jeff Maillet, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With poor weather hurting MLB attendance, Brewers fans are still flocking to games ... or at least buying tickets," 14 May 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)

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

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something desired as essential

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