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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
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British Dictionary definitions for metros

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
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Word Origin and History for metros

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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