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met•ro•pol•i•tan /ˌmɛtrəˈpɑlɪtən/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. of or relating to a metropolis:Storms are expected in the metropolitan area tonight.
  2. of or like a metropolis in being sophisticated:a metropolitan outlook.
See -polis-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
met•ro•pol•i•tan  (me′trə poli tn),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of, noting, or characteristic of a metropolis or its inhabitants, esp. in culture, sophistication, or in accepting and combining a wide variety of people, ideas, etc.
  2. of or pertaining to a large city, its surrounding suburbs, and other neighboring communities:the New York metropolitan area.
  3. pertaining to or constituting a mother country.
  4. Religionpertaining to an ecclesiastical metropolis.

n. 
  1. an inhabitant of a metropolis.
  2. a person who has the sophistication, fashionable taste, or other habits and manners associated with those who live in a metropolis.
  3. Religion[Eastern Ch.]the head of an ecclesiastical province.
  4. Religionan archbishop in the Church of England.
  5. Religion[Rom. Cath. Ch.]an archbishop who has authority over one or more suffragan sees.
  6. Ancient History(in ancient Greece) a citizen of the mother city or parent state of a colony.
met′ro•poli•tan•ism, n. 
  • Greek mētropolí̄t(ēs) (see metropolis, -ite1) + Latin -ānus -an
  • Late Latin mētropolītānus of, belonging to a metropolis
  • Middle English 1300–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
metropolitan /ˌmɛtrəˈpɒlɪtən/ adj
  1. of or characteristic of a metropolis
  2. constituting a city and its suburbs
  3. of, relating to, or designating an ecclesiastical metropolis
  4. of or belonging to the home territories of a country, as opposed to overseas territories: metropolitan France
n
  1. the head of an ecclesiastical province, ranking between archbishop and patriarch
  2. an archbishop
  3. an archbishop or bishop having authority in certain matters over the dioceses in his province

ˌmetroˈpolitanism n
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met•ro1 /ˈmɛtroʊ/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -ros.  [often: Metro]
  1. Transportthe underground railway of certain cities, as Washington, D.C., and Paris, France:[countable]: Compare the metros in both cities.[uncountable]You can get there by metro.

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met•ro1  (metrō),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ros.  (often cap.)
  1. Transportthe underground electric railway of Paris, France, Montreal, Canada, Washington, D.C., and other cities.
  2. Transportsubway (def. 1).
  • French métro, short for chemin de fer métropolitain metropolitan railroad
  • 1900–05

met•ro2  (metrō),USA pronunciation adj., n., pl.  -ros. [Informal.]
adj. 
  1. Informal Termsmetropolitan (defs. 1, 2).

n. 
  1. Informal Termsmetropolis (defs. 1, 2).
  2. Informal Terms, British Terms(often cap.) [Chiefly Canadian.]the government or jurisdiction of a large city.
  • 1900–05; by shortening; or independent use of metro-3

metro-1 , 
  • a combining form meaning "measure,'' used in the formation of compound words:metronome.
    • combining form representing Greek métron measure

    metro-2 , 
  • a combining form meaning "uterus,'' used in the formation of compound words:metrorrhagia.
  • Also,[esp. before a vowel,] metr-. 
    • combining form representing Greek mé̄tra womb

    metro-3 : 
  • a combining form representing  metropolis or  metropolitan in compound words:metroflight;metroland;Metroliner.

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