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metro1

[me-troh] /ˈmɛ troʊ/
noun, plural metros. (often initial capital letter)
1.
the underground electric railway of Paris, France, Montreal, Canada, Washington, D.C., and other cities.
2.
subway (def 1).
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < French métro, short for chemin de fer métropolitain metropolitan railroad

metro2

[me-troh] /ˈmɛ troʊ/
adjective
1.
metropolitan (defs 1, 2).
noun, plural metros.
2.
metropolis (defs 1, 2).
3.
(often initial capital letter) Chiefly Canadian. the government or jurisdiction of a large city.
Origin
1900-05; by shortening; or independent use of metro-3

metro-1

1.
a combining form meaning “measure,” used in the formation of compound words:
metronome.
Origin
combining form representing Greek métron measure

metro-2

1.
a combining form meaning “uterus,” used in the formation of compound words:
metrorrhagia.
Also, especially before a vowel, metr-.
Origin
combining form representing Greek mḗtra womb

metro-3

1.
a combining form representing metropolis, or metropolitan, in compound words:
metroflight; metroland; Metroliner.
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Examples from the web for metro
  • Furthermore, conducting graduate work in an expensive metro area adds to the financial pressure.
  • metro says that the restructuring of its food-retailing business is largely to blame for these thin figures.
  • Only now has it started work on an orbital motorway, more metro lines and improvements to the suburban railway.
  • Of course, there's a high degree of variance among the different cities in the metro area.
  • Examining the distribution of key economic, social, and demographic variables at the metro scale is admittedly crude.
  • Most of the country's jobs are concentrated in a few metro areas.
  • But on a national scale, the two-year explosion in rent demand put a huge strain on supply in major metro areas.
  • If you're of a certain age and position relative to a metro area, you have almost undoubtedly engaged in this practice.
  • metro is proud to provide funds for local projects that help create livable communities.
  • metro pictures seemed unwilling to acknowledge it had made a star.
British Dictionary definitions for metro

metro

/ˈmɛtrəʊ/
noun (pl) -ros
1.
an underground, or largely underground, railway system in certain cities, esp in Europe, such as that in Paris
Word Origin
C20: from French, short for chemin de fer métropolitain metropolitan railway

metro-1

combining form
1.
indicating the uterus: metrorrhagia
Word Origin
from Greek mētra womb

metro-2

combining form
1.
indicating a measure: metronome
Word Origin
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."

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metro in Medicine

metro- or metr-
pref.
Uterus: metritis.

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