- A colonial or imperial power, considered in relation to its colonies or empire.
- The capital city of such a power.
Origin of metropoleFrench métropole from Middle French city having an archiepiscopal seat, capital city of a province from Old French metropole from Latin mētropolis capital city from Greek mother city of a colony ; see metropolis.
OriginSee also: métropole
From Middle French metropole (“town with bishop's seat”), from Latin mētropolis.