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)

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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 The retailer is also looking for a city with large skilled workforce, a metro population of more than 1 million people and direct flights to the West Coast. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Courier Journal sues Louisville for withholding details on failed Amazon HQ2 bid," 9 Mar. 2018 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

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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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