Definition of metro in English:


Syllabification: met·ro
Pronunciation: /ˈmetrō

noun (plural metros)

(also Metro)
  • 1A subway system in a city, especially Paris.
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    • A good example of this is the map of an underground railway system or metro.
    • Neville said Data Display had other major contracts with the Paris metro, the London underground, and rail systems in Lisbon, Stockholm and Amsterdam.
    • In the city, getting around is relatively easy with the metro and tram system.
  • 1.1A subway train, especially in Paris.
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    • From metros, buses and trains to rental cars all are at your service.
    • Planes, trains and metros were canceled, and postal workers and teachers stayed home in a nationwide day of defiance Thursday against government economic policies - notably plans to let the French work longer hours.
    • Nearly all passengers in St Petersburg go by public transport: metros, buses, trains, and trolley-buses.


[attributive] North American Back to top  
  • Metropolitan: the Detroit metro area
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    • The recommendations were based on analyses of commercial strips along three corridors in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
    • Rankings of 63 metro areas reporting populations 250,000 to 500,000 in the 2000 Census
    • Only the Multnomah Co. and Lane Co. metro areas voted Blue.


early 20th century: from French métro, abbreviation of métropolitain (from Chemin de Fer Métropolitain 'Metropolitan Railroad').

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