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cosmopolitan

noun cos·mo·pol·i·tan \ ˌkäz-mə-ˈpä-lə-tən \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of cosmopolitan

1 :cosmopolite
  • Many cosmopolitans around the world now also share the English language …
  • —Robert J. Shiller
2 :a cocktail made of vodka, orange-flavored liqueur, lime juice, and cranberry juice called also cos*mo\ˈkäz-(ˌ)mō\

Examples of cosmopolitan in a Sentence

  1. as someone who had lived in Paris for a year as an exchange student, she seemed very much the cosmopolitan to her old classmates

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Defining cosmopolitan (Not The Drink)

Since cosmopolitan includes the root polit-, from the Greek word for "citizen", someone who is cosmopolitan is a "citizen of the world". She may be able to read the morning paper in Rio de Janeiro, attend a lecture in Madrid, and assist at a refugee camp in Uganda with equal ease—and maybe all in the same week. And a city or a country that is cosmopolitan has aspects and elements that come from various countries.

Origin and Etymology of cosmopolitan

cosmopolitan Synonyms

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


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cosmopolitan

adjective

Definition of cosmopolitan

1 :having worldwide rather than limited or provincial scope or bearing
  • … his cosmopolitan benevolence, impartially extended to all races and to all creeds.
  • —Thomas Babington Macaulay
2 :having wide international sophistication :worldly
  • Greater cultural diversity has led to a more cosmopolitan attitude among the town's younger generations.
3 :composed of persons, constituents, or elements from all or many parts of the world
  • a city with a cosmopolitan population
4 :found in most parts of the world and under varied ecological conditions
  • a cosmopolitan herb

cosmopolitanism

play \ˌkäz-mə-ˈpä-lə-tə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Examples of cosmopolitan in a Sentence

  1. Greater cultural diversity has led to a more cosmopolitan attitude among the town's younger generations.

  2. the cosmopolitan taste of the store's customers

  3. It's one of the country's more cosmopolitan cities.

Recent Examples of cosmopolitan from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of cosmopolitan


COSMOPOLITAN Defined for English Language Learners

cosmopolitan

noun

Definition of cosmopolitan for English Language Learners

  • : a person who has lived in and knows about many different parts of the world


cosmopolitan

adjective

Definition of cosmopolitan for English Language Learners

  • : showing an interest in different cultures, ideas, etc.

  • : having people from many different parts of the world



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