a combining form meaning “running,” “course,” “racecourse” (hippodrome); on this model used to form words referring to other large structures (airdrome).
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of -drome
combining form of Greek drómos dromos
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British Dictionary definitions for -drome
n combining form
a course, racecoursehippodrome
a large place for a special purposeaerodrome
Word Origin for -drome
via Latin from Greek dromos race, course
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