Metropolitan Definition


Of or constituting a metropolis.

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Of, relating to, or characteristic of a major city.
Crowded metropolitan streets; a metropolitan newspaper.
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Designating or of a metropolitan.

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Designating or of a population area consisting of a central city and smaller surrounding communities.
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Of, relating to, or constituting the home territory of an imperial or colonial state.
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A person who lives in and knows a metropolis or one who has the characteristic attitudes and manners of such a person.

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An archbishop having authority over the bishops of a church province.
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In most Eastern Orthodox churches, a bishop who is head of an ecclesiastical province and ranks next below the patriarch.
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A bishop ranking just below a patriarch.
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In ancient Greece, a citizen of a metropolis.

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Other Word Forms of Metropolitan



Origin of Metropolitan

  • Middle English of a metropolitan bishop from Late Latin mētropolītānus metropolitan from Greek mētropolītēs citizen of a metropolis from mētropolis mother city metropolis

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

  • From Late Latin metropolitanus, from Ancient Greek μητροπολίτης (metropolitēs).

    From Wiktionary

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