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

Definition of cosmopolis

: a cosmopolitan city

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 On the Volga a quasi-capital rose at Sarai, established by Batu around 1250, and grew into a cosmopolis of artisans, farmers, and merchants from as far away as Syria, Egypt, even Greece—so many that a New Sarai was founded upriver. Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2021 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, 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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“Cosmopolis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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