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Examples of words with the root metro-: metronome

met·ro 1

n. pl. met·ros
A subway system.

[French métro, short for (chemin de fer) métropolitain, metropolitan (railway), from Late Latin mētropolītānus; see metropolitan.]

met·ro 2

 (mĕt′rō) Informal
Metropolitan: metro Los Angeles.


(ˈmɛtrəʊ) or


n, pl -ros
(Railways) an underground, or largely underground, railway system in certain cities, esp in Europe, such as that in Paris
[C20: from French, short for chemin de fer métropolitain metropolitan railway]


(ˈmɛ troʊ)

n., pl. -ros. (often cap.)
the underground electric railway of certain cities, as Washington and Paris.
[1900–05; < French, short for chemin de fer métropolitain metropolitan railroad]


(ˈmɛ troʊ)

adj., n., pl. -ros. Informal. adj. n.
3. (often cap.) Chiefly Canadian. the government or jurisdiction of a large city.
[1900–05; by shortening; or independent use of metro-3]


a combining form meaning “measure”: metronome.
[comb. form representing Greek métron measure]


a combining form meaning “uterus”: metrorrhagia.
[comb. form representing Greek mḗtra womb]


a combining form representing metropolis or metropolitan: metroflight; metroland; Metroliner.


1. 'subway'

A subway is a path for pedestrians under a busy road.

You feel worried if you walk through a subway.

In some American cities, the subway is a railway system in which electric trains travel below the ground in tunnels. In other cities this is called the metro.

I don't ride the subway at night.
You can take the metro to the Smithsonian museums.
2. 'underground'

Some speakers of British English also use subway to refer to a British railway system like this, but the London and Glasgow systems are usually called the underground. The London system is also called the tube.

He crossed London by underground.
You can take the tube to Green Park and then walk.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.metro - an electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city)metro - an electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city); "in Paris the subway system is called the `metro' and in London it is called the `tube' or the `underground'"
railroad, railroad line, railway, railway line, railway system - line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight


noun underground, tube, subway A bus and metro pass costs about £10.


[ˈmetrəʊ] Nmetro m


Metro [ˈmɛtrəʊ] n
the metro → le métro
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After Delhi Metro, Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) and Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) are the two Metros which have matched the timelines and quality standard at par.
The Rainy Day Appliance Blast is happening from July 26 to September 2, 2018 on all Metro Stores and Super Metros nationwide.
In North- West Delhi, Jahangir Puri and Netaji Subhash Place Metros stations are most unsafe for women commuters.
Employment expanded by 13 percent in the high-growth metros but only 1 percent in the low-growth group.
With its interest in the two Ecuadorian Metros, Luxembourg-based Metro says its Metro will be the largest in Latin American with combined distribution of more than 500,000 copies dailies in six cities in four countries: Mexico City, Monterrey, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Quito and Guayaquil.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Mar 7 (ANI): Nagpur Metro is one of greenest metros in India, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday while launching Nagpur Metro service via video conferencing.
"Our Government brought out a policy relating to Metros. This is because we felt aspects relating to Metro systems need greater coherence and work as per a basic set of standards, " he added.