The Parthenon atop the acropolis in Athens.
An example of an acropolis is the city of Athens which was built on a walled hill.
Origin of acropolisClassical Greek akropolis from akros (see acro-) + polis, city
- The fortified height or citadel of an ancient Greek city.
- A raised area holding a building or cluster of buildings, especially in a pre-Columbian city.
Origin of acropolisGreek akropolis akron top ; see acromegaly . polis city ; see pelə-3 in Indo-European roots.
the Parthenon at the Acropolis
(plural acropolises or acropoleis)
From Ancient Greek ἀκρόπολις (akropolis), from ἄκρος (akros, “topmost”, “tip”, “summit”) + πόλις (polis, “city”).
- The Athenian Acropolis. (Compare acropolis.)
Ancient Greek Ακρόπολις (Akropolis, “Acropolis”), from ἄκρος (akros, “highest”) + πόλις (polis, “city”)