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 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 Hospitals are running out of masks, doctors and nurses are getting sick and normal standards of care are giving way to triage strategies more akin to a war zone than a cosmopolitan city. New York Times, "Their Grandmother Left by Ambulance. Then They Could Not Find Her.," 7 Apr. 2020 For the better part of this millennium, the nation’s urban planning punditry has predicted that the future lay with its densest, largest, and most cosmopolitan cities. Joel Kotkin, Fortune, "After coronavirus, we need to rethink densely populated cities," 1 Apr. 2020 Transgender people remain something of a taboo among Brazilians, even in Sao Paulo, the country’s most cosmopolitan city and host to the world’s largest gay pride parade. NBC News, "Brazilian transgender dancer shatters Carnival parade taboo," 25 Feb. 2020 Residents in some homes in Montreal, a cosmopolitan city an hour north of the U.S.-Canada border, and Regina, in the flat western prairies, are among those drinking and cooking with tap water with lead levels that exceed Canada’s federal guidelines. Martha Mendoza, USA TODAY, "Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint, investigation finds," 5 Nov. 2019 Residents in some homes in Montreal, a cosmopolitan city an hour north of the U.S.-Canada border, and Regina, in the flat western prairies, are among those drinking and cooking with tap water with lead levels that exceed Canada’s federal guidelines. Washington Post, "Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint," 4 Nov. 2019 As in-love as the Bryants were, their combined skills at crafting the sort of cosmopolitan country that made cash registers ring for a generation in Nashville was every bit as strong and undeniable. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "Close-knit couple were the perfect pair to write ‘Nashville’s Songwriting Sweethearts’," 26 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Drinkworks by Keurig sells for $299 and can make cosmopolitans and fizzy drinks, such as vodka sodas. Washington Post, "CES tech show: Say no to junk food; machines make cocktails," 7 Jan. 2020 But the greater ambition, Le Roux says, is to grow Orania into a small city that’s attractive to young cosmopolitans in Pretoria and Cape Town. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019 Their ideology is shaped by being lone nationalists among cosmopolitans. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trumpism doesn’t win majorities. And Trump doesn’t care.," 7 Nov. 2018 The Camondos were true cosmopolitans, at home everywhere equally but nowhere entirely. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "A Secret Paris Museum and an Aristocratic Family Decimated by the Holocaust," 9 Feb. 2017 European cosmopolitans, particularly those in Germany and around Scandinavia, took the top slots, and Australia and New Zealand snagged a few spots as well. Alyssa Pereira, ELLE Decor, "San Francisco Dubbed Best American City For High Quality Of Life," 1 Mar. 2016 At the opposite end of the political spectrum from the AfD are the Greens, the party of cosmopolitans. The Economist, "Between open and closedGerman politics has become much more complicated," 12 Apr. 2018 None of this is very unique to people in MBA programs, rather the norm for any group of young cosmopolitans in 2018. John Benjamin, The New Republic, "Business Class," 14 May 2018 Steve Bannon is delivering a wake-up call to the rootless cosmopolitans of the Trump administration: The forgotten men and women of the Saudi royal family must be forgotten no longer. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Bannon Speaks Out For the Forgotten People of the Saudi Royal Family," 24 Oct. 2017

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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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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cosmopolitan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cosmopolitan. Accessed 31 May. 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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