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metropolis

noun me·trop·o·lis \mə-ˈträ-p(ə-)ləs\

: a very large or important city

Full Definition of METROPOLIS

1
:  the chief or capital city of a country, state, or region
2
:  the city or state of origin of a colony (as of ancient Greece)
3
a :  a city regarded as a center of a specified activity
b :  a large important city

Examples of METROPOLIS

  1. <a big, teeming metropolis where ambitious people from all over come to make their mark>

Origin of METROPOLIS

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek mētropolis, from mētr-, mētēr mother + polis city — more at mother, police
First Known Use: 14th century

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Rhymes with METROPOLIS

METROPOLIS Defined for Kids

metropolis

noun me·trop·o·lis \mə-ˈträ-pə-ləs\

Definition of METROPOLIS for Kids

1
:  the chief or capital city of a country, state, or region
2
:  a large or important city

Word Root of METROPOLIS

The Greek word polis, meaning city or community, and the related word polītēs, meaning citizen, give us the roots polis and polit. Words from Greek polis and polītēs have something to do with cities or communities or the citizens who live in them. A metropolis is the most important city in an area. The police are a group that enforces the law so as to protect citizens. Politics is the science and art of governing citizens.

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