acropolis[ə kräp′ə lis]
- 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.
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 pel&schwa;-3 in Indo-European roots.
the Parthenon at the Acropolis
(plural acropolises or acropoleis)
- acropolitan (pertaining adjective)
- acropoli (non-standard plural)
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”)