Also called, especially British, tube, underground. an underground electric railroad, usually in a large city.
Chiefly British. a short tunnel or underground passageway for pedestrians, automobiles, etc.; underpass.

verb (used without object)

to be transported by a subway: We subwayed uptown.

Nearby words

  1. subvirus,
  2. subvisible,
  3. subvocal,
  4. subvocal speech,
  5. subvolution,
  6. subwoofer,
  7. subzero,
  8. subzone,
  9. suc,
  10. suc-

Origin of subway

First recorded in 1820–30; sub- + way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for subway



British an underground passage or tunnel enabling pedestrians to cross a road, railway, etc
an underground passage or tunnel for traffic, electric power supplies, etc
mainly US and Canadian an underground railway
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Word Origin and History for subway



1825, "underground passage" (for water pipes or pedestrians), from sub- + way. The sense of "underground railway in a city" is first recorded 1893, in reference to Boston.

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