(rare) Plural form of metropolis.
- 1968, University of Texas at Austin, Southwestern Political and Social Science Association, Social Science Quarterly, p25Like bees to their hives, increasing numbers of Americans swarm into metropoleis.2.
- 1968, George M. Smerk, Readings in Urban Transportation, p172Our census takers, population experts, sociologists, economists and urban planners all point to the bigger and better “metropoleis” (to use the accepted plural) of the future.
- 2003, ABIN Update: The Newsletter of the American Bundestag Intern Network, Volume 9, Issue 1 (Fall Edition), 2003 — “Metrosexual Beyond Borders”, p3The pop-culture term, “metrosexual”, coined in 1994 by author, Mark Simpson, meaning “a dandyish narcissist in love with not only himself, but also his urban lifestyle; a straight man who is in touch with his feminine side” (wordspy.com), is spouted with increasing frequency on the streets of America’s metropoleis.
In the sense of chief cities of colonies, especially in ancient Greece.
In the sense of any large, busy city, especially as the main city in an area or country or as distinguished from surrounding rural areas.