cos·​mop·​o·​lis | \ käz-ˈmä-pə-ləs How to pronounce cosmopolis (audio) \

Definition of cosmopolis

: a cosmopolitan city

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Examples of cosmopolis in a Sentence

a sprawling cosmopolis where ambitious people from all over come to make their fortune
Recent Examples on the Web For decades a symbol of all that was dead and dysfunctional in the ever-expanding cosmopolis, the river is undergoing its own rehabilitation, shedding some of its visible concrete. Alexandra Marshall, WSJ, "Dover Street Market Expands While Defying Retail Convention," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of cosmopolis

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cosmopolis

New Latin, back-formation from cosmopolites

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The first known use of cosmopolis was in 1849

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“Cosmopolis.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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