- The definition of an acropolis is a city, or part of a city or area that is fortified at the top of something, such as the ancient Greek cities.
An example of an acropolis is the city of Athens which was built on a walled hill.
The Parthenon atop the acropolis in Athens.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Classical Greek akropolis ; from akros (see acro-) plush polis, city
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- 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: Greek akropolis : akron, top; see acromegaly + polis, city; see pelə-3 in Indo-European roots.