sub·​way ˈsəb-ˌwā How to pronounce subway (audio)
: an underground way: such as
: a passage under a street (as for pedestrians, power cables, or water or gas mains)
: a usually electric underground railway
subway intransitive verb

Example Sentences

I took the subway to midtown. No one on the subway seemed to mind how crowded it was. I've been on both the New York subway and the Underground in London.
Recent Examples on the Web For almost a half century after that, Washington was focused more on modern infrastructure: roads, highways, urban renewal schemes and a new subway system which began construction in 1969. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2022 Half the Paris subway system will shut down Thursday during a strike for higher wages, part of a nationwide day of walkouts and protests by train drivers, teachers, and other public-sector workers. Elena Becatoros,, 9 Nov. 2022 At least 30,000 more showed up to Itaewon, according to Seoul Metro, which oversees the city’s subway system. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, 4 Nov. 2022 New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat facing a tough re-election vote in three weeks, and Mayor Eric Adams over the weekend announced plans to increase the number of police officers patrolling the city’s subway system. Reuters, NBC News, 25 Oct. 2022 There are an average of more than 3.5 million riders on the New York subway system on a weekday. Mark Morales, CNN, 23 Oct. 2022 Five bridges connect it to the three boroughs, and the city's subway system is a bus ride or walk away. CBS News, 19 Oct. 2022 Quintana's death marks the ninth fatality in New York City's subway system this year. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 18 Oct. 2022 New York City is already grabbling with an outbreak of violence in its subway system. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 18 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subway was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Subway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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sub·​way ˈsəb-ˌwā How to pronounce subway (audio)
: an underground passage
: a usually electric underground railway
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