1. a combining form meaning “running,” “course,” “racecourse” (hippodrome); on this model used to form words referring to other large structures (airdrome).

Origin of -drome

combining form of Greek drómos dromos
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Examples from the Web for drome

Historical Examples of drome

  • Lester flopped heavily, and skidded across the bottom of the 'drome.

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • This was where he would perhaps have been wise to have thrown up and returned to his 'drome.

    Air Men o' War

    Boyd Cable

  • This was the first time his conscience bothered him about going underneath the drome.

    Zero Hour

    Alexander Blade

  • You've got to drive me out to my 'drome, and I told her where that was.

  • Then the asas made another fetter, by one-half stronger, and this they called Drome.

British Dictionary definitions for drome


  1. a department of SE France, in Rhône-Alpes region. Capital: Valence. Pop: 452 652 (2003 est. Area: 6561 sq km (2559 sq miles)


n combining form
  1. a course, racecoursehippodrome
  2. a large place for a special purposeaerodrome

Word Origin for -drome

via Latin from Greek dromos race, course
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