Acropolis meaning

ə-krŏpə-lĭs
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.

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The fortified upper part of an ancient Greek city.
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The fortified height or citadel of an ancient Greek city.
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A raised area holding a building or cluster of buildings, especially in a pre-Columbian city.
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The fortified upper part of Athens, on which the Parthenon was built.
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A promontory (usually fortified with a citadel) forming the hub of many Grecian cities, and around which many were built for defensive purposes before and during the classical period; compare Acropolis.
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The Athenian Acropolis. (Compare acropolis.)
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Origin of acropolis

  • Greek akropolis akron top acromegaly polis city pelə-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἀκρόπολις (akropolis), from ἄκρος (akros, “topmost”, “tip”, “summit”) + πόλις (polis, “city”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Ancient Greek Ακρόπολις (Akropolis, “Acropolis”), from ἄκρος (akros, “highest”) + πόλις (polis, “city”)

    From Wiktionary