cosmopolitan

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adjective

cos·​mo·​pol·​i·​tan ˌkäz-mə-ˈpä-lə-tən How to pronounce cosmopolitan (audio)
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: having wide international sophistication : worldly
Greater cultural diversity has led to a more cosmopolitan attitude among the town's younger generations.
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: composed of persons, constituents, or elements from all or many parts of the world
a city with a cosmopolitan population
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: 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
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: found in most parts of the world and under varied ecological conditions
a cosmopolitan herb

cosmopolitan

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noun

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: cosmopolite
Many cosmopolitans around the world now also share the English language …Robert J. Shiller
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or less commonly cosmo : a cocktail made of vodka, orange-flavored liqueur, lime juice, and cranberry juice

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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.

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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Adjective
Gemini: Edinburgh Worldly planet Jupiter is in your sign for the year ahead, so make your getaway an international one and visit the historical and cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh. Nina Kahn, Travel + Leisure, 21 May 2024 The auto industry had built the city into a cosmopolitan hub in the first half of the 20th century. David Peisner, Rolling Stone, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for cosmopolitan 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

see cosmopolite

Noun

see cosmopolite

First Known Use

Adjective

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cosmopolitan was circa 1645

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Cite this Entry

“Cosmopolitan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cosmopolitan. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

cosmopolitan

adjective
cos·​mo·​pol·​i·​tan
ˌkäz-mə-ˈpäl-ət-ᵊn
1
: having a worldwide scope or outlook : not limited or narrow
cosmopolitan world travelers
2
: composed of persons or elements from many parts of the world
a cosmopolitan city
3
: found in most parts of the world and in many kinds of ecological conditions
a cosmopolitan herb
cosmopolitan noun

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