A city and the immediate locations surrounding it is an example of a metropolitan area.
- of or constituting a metropolis (senses & )
- designating or of a metropolitan (noun)
- designating or of a population area consisting of a central city and smaller surrounding communities
- designating or of a mother country as distinguished from a colony, territory, etc.
Origin of metropolitanLate Latin metropolitanus
- a person who lives in and knows a metropolis (senses & ) or one who has the characteristic attitudes and manners of such a person
Origin of metropolitanLL(Ec) Metropolitanus
- an archbishop having authority over the bishops of a church province
- Eastern Ch. a bishop ranking just below a patriarch
- in ancient Greece, a citizen of a metropolis (sense )
- a. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a major city: crowded metropolitan streets; a metropolitan newspaper.b. Of or constituting a large city or urbanized area, including adjacent suburbs and towns: the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area; a metropolitan county.
- Of, relating to, or constituting the home territory of an imperial or colonial state.
- Of or relating to an ecclesiastical metropolitan.
- A citizen of a metropolis, especially one who displays urbane characteristics, attitudes, and values.
- a. In the Western Christian churches, a bishop with provincial powers, with some authority over suffragan bishops.b. In most Eastern Orthodox churches, a bishop who is head of an ecclesiastical province and ranks next below the patriarch.c. In the Greek Orthodox church, a bishop ranking next below an archbishop.
Origin of metropolitanMiddle English of a metropolitan bishop from Late Latin mētropolītānus metropolitan from Greek mētropolītēs citizen of a metropolis from mētropolis mother city ; see metropolis .
(comparative more metropolitan, superlative most metropolitan)
From Late Latin metropolitanus, from Ancient Greek Î¼Î·Ï„ÏÎ¿Ï€Î¿Î»Î¯Ï„Î·Ï‚ (metropolitÄ“s).