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See also Metro, métro, metro-, and metrò

English

Etymology

The term metro for underground rapid transit originally comes from the name of the Paris underground (Chemin de Fer Métropolitain) which was shortened to métropolitain "metropolitan" and then to métro. The prefix metro comes from the word metropolis from the Greek μήτηρ ( mētēr) "mother" and πόλις (pólis) "city/town" which means is a big city. The term was originally used by the Paris rapid transit system to differentiate it from non-urban railway systems.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
metro

Plural
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  1. An underground railway other than those in the US or London, in particular that in Paris.
  2. A train that runs on such an underground railway.
  3. An urban rapid transit light railway
  4. A train that runs on such a railway.

Synonyms

Translations


Crimean Tatar

Noun

metro

  1. metro, underground railway.

Declension

References

  • Useinov & Mireev Dictionary, Simferopol, Dolya, 2002 [1]

Esperanto

Noun

metro (plural metroj, accusative singular metron, accusative plural metrojn)

  1. metre (unit of measurement)
  2. metrum of poetry

Finnish

Noun

metro (stem metro-*)

  1. An underground, a subway, a Tube or a metro.

Synonyms


Italian

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Noun

metro m. (plural metri)

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) metre, meter
  2. ruler, ruler, measure
  3. yardstick, criterion

Related terms

Noun

metro f. inv.

  1. (short form of metropolitana) subway (US), underground (UK), Tube (the London underground)

Synonyms


Portuguese

Noun

metro m

  1. metre (unit of measurement)
  2. (Portugal) underground, subway

Spanish

Noun

metro m. (plural metros)

Singular
metro m.

Plural
metros m.

  1. meter
  2. metro

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