Metropolis definition

mĭ-trŏpə-lĭs
A major city, especially the chief city of a country or region.

Chicago, the metropolis of the Midwest.

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Any large city or center of population, culture, etc.
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In ancient Greece, the mother city or state of a colony.
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(history) The mother (founding) polis (city state) of a colony, especially in the Ancient Greek/Hellenistic world.
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A large, busy city, especially as the main city in an area or country or as distinguished from surrounding rural areas.
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(canon law) The see of a metropolitan archbishop, ranking above its suffragan diocesan bishops.
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The definition of a metropolis is a large or main city.

An example of a metropolis is Manhattan, New York.

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A city or an urban area regarded as the center of a specific activity.

A great cultural metropolis.

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(ecclesiastical) The chief see of a metropolitan bishop.
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The mother city or country of an overseas colony, especially in ancient Greece.
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The main city, often the capital, of a country, state, or region.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
metropolis
Plural:
metropolia, metropolises

Origin of metropolis

  • Middle English metropol from Late Latin mētropolis mother-city from Greek mētēr mētr- mother māter- in Indo-European roots polis city pelə-3 in Indo-European roots

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

  • First attested in Middle English: from Late Latin mētropolis, from Ancient Greek μητρόπολις (mētrópolis, “mother city”), from μήτηρ (mḗtēr, “mother”) + πόλις (pólis, “city (state)”).

    From Wiktionary