metro

1
[me-troh]

noun, plural met·ros. (often initial capital letter)

the underground electric railway of Paris, France, Montreal, Canada, Washington, D.C., and other cities.

Nearby words

  1. metrifonate,
  2. metrify,
  3. metrist,
  4. metritis,
  5. metrize,
  6. metro-,
  7. metrocyte,
  8. metrodynia,
  9. metrofibroma,
  10. metroliner

Origin of metro

1
1900–05; < French métro, short for chemin de fer métropolitain metropolitan railroad

metro

2
[me-troh]Informal.

adjective

noun, plural met·ros.

(often initial capital letter) Chiefly Canadian. the government or jurisdiction of a large city.

Origin of metro

2
First recorded in 1900–05; by shortening; or independent use of metro-3

metro-

1

a combining form meaning “measure,” used in the formation of compound words: metronome.

Origin of metro-

1
combining form representing Greek métron measure

metro-

2

a combining form meaning “uterus,” used in the formation of compound words: metrorrhagia.
Also especially before a vowel, metr-.

Origin of metro-

2
combining form representing Greek mḗtra womb

metro-

3

a combining form representing metropolis or metropolitan in compound words: metroflight; metroland; Metroliner.
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British Dictionary definitions for metro

metro

mtro (French metro)

noun plural -ros

an underground, or largely underground, railway system in certain cities, esp in Europe, such as that in Paris

Word Origin for metro

C20: from French, short for chemin de fer métropolitain metropolitan railway

metro-

1

before a vowel metr-

combining form

indicating the uterusmetrorrhagia

Word Origin for metro-

from Greek mētra womb

metro-

2

combining form

indicating a measuremetronome

Word Origin for metro-

from Greek metron measure

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Word Origin and History for metro

Metro

n.

Paris underground, 1904, from French abbreviation of Chemin de Fer Métropolitain "Metropolitan Railway" (see metropolitan (adj.)). French chemin de fer "railroad" is literally "iron road."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for metro

metro-

pref.

Uterus:metritis.

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