sub·​way | \ ˈsəb-ˌwā How to pronounce subway (audio) \

Definition of subway

: an underground way: such as
a : a passage under a street (as for pedestrians, power cables, or water or gas mains)
b : a usually electric underground railway
c : underpass

Other Words from subway

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 In 2017, Gilda became the attempted punchline of an alt-right insult, when a Twitter user shared a photo of her in a subway car wearing a bouffant scarlet wig and seated next to a woman in a black niqab. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, 8 June 2022 In the past two months, Americans have also been confronted with mass shootings at a church, a flea market, and inside a subway car during the morning rush-hour. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 27 May 2022 On Tuesday, a New York City Goldman Sachs employee was killed in an unprovoked attack on a moving subway car. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 27 May 2022 The tragedy comes just a few weeks after a gunman opened fire on an N train subway car during rush hour, shooting and injuring 10 people. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 23 May 2022 In April, 10 people were shot and more than a dozen were injured in an attack on a Brooklyn subway car. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 23 May 2022 Reply-All podcast to distract herself from the packed subway car. Alexandra Sternlicht, Forbes, 22 May 2022 Last month, the city was wracked by a mass shooting in which a gunman fired more than 30 shots in a crowded subway car, shooting 10 commuters and causing 19 others to be injured in the ensuing panic, according to police. Kiely Westhoff And Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 17 May 2022 Frank James, the man accused of opening fire inside a subway car in Brooklyn last month and eluding police for nearly 30 hours afterward, pleaded not guilty Friday to terrorism and firearms charges. Washington Post, 14 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of subway

1822, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2022

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“Subway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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sub·​way | \ ˈsəb-ˌwā How to pronounce subway (audio) \

Kids Definition of subway

: a usually electric underground railway


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