noun ne·crop·o·lis \nə-ˈkrä-pə-ləs, ne-\

: a large cemetery especially of an ancient city

plural ne·crop·o·lis·es or ne·crop·o·les\-ˌlēz\ or -leis \-ˌlās\ or ne·crop·o·li\-ˌlī, -ˌlē\

Full Definition of NECROPOLIS

:  cemetery; especially :  a large elaborate cemetery of an ancient city

Examples of NECROPOLIS

  1. Archaeologists uncovered a necropolis of ancient Rome.
  2. <an ancient necropolis that has given archaeologists valuable insights into how people once lived and died>


Late Latin, city of the dead, from Greek nekropolis, from nekr- + -polis -polis
First Known Use: 1819

Rhymes with NECROPOLIS


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