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metro

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[ me-troh ]
/ ˈmɛ troʊ /
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noun, plural met·ros.(often initial capital letter)
the underground electric railway of Paris, France, Montreal, Canada, Washington, D.C., and other cities.
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Origin of metro

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

Other definitions for metro (2 of 5)

metro2
[ me-troh ]
/ ˈmɛ troʊ /
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

Other definitions for metro (3 of 5)

metro-1

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

Origin of metro-

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Combining form representing Greek métron measure

Other definitions for metro (4 of 5)

metro-2

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

Origin of metro-

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Combining form representing Greek mḗtra womb

Other definitions for metro (5 of 5)

metro-3

a combining form representing metropolis or metropolitan in compound words: metroflight; metroland; Metroliner.
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British Dictionary definitions for metro (1 of 3)

metro

mtro (French metro)

/ (ˈmɛtrəʊ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for metro (2 of 3)

metro-1

before a vowel metr-


combining form
indicating the uterusmetrorrhagia

Word Origin for metro-

from Greek mētra womb

British Dictionary definitions for metro (3 of 3)

metro-2

combining form
indicating a measuremetronome

Word Origin for metro-

from Greek metron measure
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Medical definitions for metro

metro-

pref.
Uterus:metritis.
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