Simple Definition of necropolis
: a large cemetery especially of an ancient city
Examples of necropolis in a sentence
Archaeologists uncovered a necropolis of ancient Rome.
<an ancient necropolis that has given archaeologists valuable insights into how people once lived and died>
Did You Know?
With its -polis ending, meaning "city", a necropolis is a "city of the dead". Most of the famous necropolises of Egypt line the Nile River across from their cities. In ancient Greece and Rome, a necropolis would often line the road leading out of a city; in the 1940s a great Roman necropolis was discovered under the Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica. Some more recent cemeteries especially deserve the name necropolis because they resemble cities of aboveground tombs, a necessity in low-lying areas such as New Orleans where a high water table prevents underground burial.
Origin and Etymology of necropolis
Late Latin, city of the dead, from Greek nekropolis, from nekr- + -polis -polis
First Known Use: 1819
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