- 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.
acropolis definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Greek akropolis ; from akros (see acro-) plush polis, city
acropolis definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.