cosmopolitan

adjective
cos·​mo·​pol·​i·​tan | \ ˌkäz-mə-ˈpä-lə-tən How to pronounce cosmopolitan (audio) \

Definition of cosmopolitan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having wide international sophistication : worldly Greater cultural diversity has led to a more cosmopolitan attitude among the town's younger generations.
2 : composed of persons, constituents, or elements from all or many parts of the world a city with a cosmopolitan population
3 : 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
4 : found in most parts of the world and under varied ecological conditions a cosmopolitan herb

cosmopolitan

noun

Definition of cosmopolitan (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : cosmopolite Many cosmopolitans around the world now also share the English language …— Robert J. Shiller
2 or less commonly cosmo \ ˈkäz-​(ˌ)mō How to pronounce cosmo (audio) \ : a cocktail made of vodka, orange-flavored liqueur, lime juice, and cranberry juice

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Other Words from cosmopolitan

Adjective

cosmopolitanism \ ˌkäz-​mə-​ˈpä-​lə-​tə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce cosmopolitanism (audio) \ noun

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.

Examples of cosmopolitan in a Sentence

Adjective Greater cultural diversity has led to a more cosmopolitan attitude among the town's younger generations. the cosmopolitan taste of the store's customers It's one of the country's more cosmopolitan cities. Noun 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Then, in February 2014, the photographer found herself in the middle of a massive protest in the cosmopolitan Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. Brian Skerry, National Geographic, "Photographing sharks, carefully," 31 July 2020 Many activists contacted by CNN on Friday declined to be interviewed or speak on the record, having seen this negative development in China's largest and most cosmopolitan city. Steven Jiang, CNN, "'End of the Rainbow': Shanghai Pride shuts down amid shrinking space for China's LGBTQ community," 14 Aug. 2020 Parts of it are small-town rural, parts of it cosmopolitan. Los Angeles Times, "Six months from the election, six states are poised to decide Trump-Biden race," 3 May 2020 Domesticated pigs are, not unlike humans, a fairly cosmopolitan group. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Coronavirus Spread Through U.S. Pigs in 2013. Here’s How It Was Stopped," 10 Apr. 2020 Art Deco was all about moving away from the past and paving a new way for the future, culturally and aesthetically, which meant keeping some decorative elements but also giving them a sleeker, cosmopolitan twist. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Fascinating History of Art Deco Design," 16 Mar. 2020 So, no, a savory crepe isn’t just cosmopolitan rebranding for just a regular ol' sandwich wrap. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "This locally-made savory crepe’s more than a fancy wrap," 5 Feb. 2020 Worcestershire, for example, gives Bloody Marys their savory kick, while cranberry juice adds a bitter, fruity hint to a cosmopolitan. Cole Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Cocktail," 24 Apr. 2020 The author and television personality demonstrates the best way to make a giant cosmopolitan for yourself. Alex Chaet, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 3 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This isn’t a question of cosmopolitan status anxiety. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The World Sours on Washington," 16 Sep. 2020 The fried cosmopolitan, Super Taco and Faijta Philly will be sold from Sept. 25 through Oct. 18. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Where to get fair food in Dallas-Fort Worth since State Fair of Texas was canceled," 15 Sep. 2020 Beyond their cosmopolitan lifestyle, the Florida rays are notably almost all juveniles, based on the lack of mating scars on females and the small sizes of the males’ claspers, or genitalia. Bethany Augliere, National Geographic, "Big manta rays found 'right under our nose' off Florida beaches," 3 Sep. 2020 Slack has made her version of a cosmopolitan — including a jumbo-sized sipper for 10 served in an enormous glass — plenty of times before. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Ina Garten inspired coronavirus cookbook challenge for one San Antonio man," 2 Sep. 2020 Democrats favor getting their coffee from Starbucks, with its cosmopolitan-feeling coffee shops and its cup sizes in Italian. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "A polarized America: How the partisan divide grew over decades, and why liberals and conservatives just can’t get along," 30 Aug. 2020 Sometimes my mom would make a cocktail—a margarita, a Negroni, a cosmopolitan—loosely following a recipe, and definitely not measuring anything. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "Happy Hour Is Better With…Your Parents?," 26 Aug. 2020 In fairness, the lines can be awfully blurry, but for the uninitiated, Da’Bayou is primarily focused on the urban fare of New Orleans itself, which tends to be more refined and cosmopolitan, drawing from a broader palette of influences. Dominic Armato, The Arizona Republic, "This Gilbert restaurant said bye to burgers. Here's what to expect on the new Creole menu," 25 Aug. 2020 The McCloskeys, cosmopolitan elites themselves, have come to represent the flashy collision of class, race, privilege, public safety, and the First and Second Amendments. Washington Post, "The gun-toting McCloskeys said they feared death. They survived to fight the culture wars.," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of cosmopolitan

Adjective

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cosmopolitan

Adjective

see cosmopolite

Noun

see cosmopolite

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The first known use of cosmopolitan was circa 1645

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1 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cosmopolitan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cosmopolitan. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for cosmopolitan

cosmopolitan

adjective
How to pronounce cosmopolitan (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cosmopolitan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: showing an interest in different cultures, ideas, etc.
: having people from many different parts of the world

cosmopolitan

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cosmopolitan (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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