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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 met•ro•pol•i•tan /ˌmɛtrəˈpɑlɪtən/
adj. of or relating to a metropolis: Storms are expected in the metropolitan area tonight. 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 pol ′i tn), USA pronunciation adj.
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.
of or pertaining to a large city, its surrounding suburbs, and other neighboring communities: the New York metropolitan area.
pertaining to or constituting a mother country.
Religionpertaining to an ecclesiastical metropolis. n.
an inhabitant of a metropolis.
a person who has the sophistication, fashionable taste, or other habits and manners associated with those who live in a metropolis.
Religion the head of an ecclesiastical province. [Eastern Ch. ]
Religionan archbishop in the Church of England.
Religion an archbishop who has authority over one or more suffragan sees. [Rom. Cath. Ch. ] Ancient History(in ancient Greece) a citizen of the mother city or parent state of a colony. met′ro•pol ′i•tan•ism, n.
Greek mētropolí̄t( ēs) (see metropolis, - ite 1) + Latin -ānus - an Late Latin mētropolītānus of, belonging to a metropolis Middle English 1300–50
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metropolitan / ˌmɛtrəˈpɒlɪtən/ adj of or characteristic of a metropolis constituting a city and its suburbs of, relating to, or designating an ecclesiastical metropolis of or belonging to the home territories of a country, as opposed to overseas territories: metropolitan France n the head of an ecclesiastical province, ranking between archbishop and patriarch an archbishop an archbishop or bishop having authority in certain matters over the dioceses in his province ˌmetroˈpolitanism n WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 met•ro 1 /ˈmɛtroʊ/
USA pronunciation n., pl. -ros. [often: Metro ]
Transportthe underground railway of certain cities, as Washington, D.C., and Paris, France: : Compare the metros in both cities. [ countable ] You can get there by metro. [ uncountable ] WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 met•ro
1 (me ′trō), USA pronunciation n., pl. -ros. ( often cap.)
Transportthe underground electric railway of Paris, France, Montreal, Canada, Washington, D.C., and other cities. Transportsubway (def. 1).
French métro, short for chemin de fer métropolitain metropolitan railroad 1900–05 met•ro
2 (me ′trō), USA pronunciation adj., n., pl. -ros. [Informal. ] adj.
Informal Termsmetropolitan (defs. 1, 2). n.
Informal Termsmetropolis (defs. 1, 2). Informal Terms, British Terms( often cap.) the government or jurisdiction of a large city. [Chiefly Canadian. ]
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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