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

Examples of subway in a Sentence

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 The experience of viewing the Mona Lisa is similar to squeezing into the subway at rush hour; some 30,000 people press before it each day. Catherine Porter Dmitry Kostyukov, New York Times, 16 May 2024 The bag also has an external zipper for small knick knacks like a subway card or ID. Sanah Faroke, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for subway 

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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 22 May. 2024.

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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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