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 Cuisine becomes a model for the intuitive allergies and affinities that govern interpersonal relations—and indeed, for the cosmopolitan writer, tasked with adapting the tastiest morsels from every milieu. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 6 Jan. 2020 He is viewed by many close to the president as a more logical political heir apparent than his sister, the far more cosmopolitan and refined Ivanka Trump. Washington Post, "Donald Trump Jr.: A potent voice for father’s campaign," 21 Oct. 2019 Medellín was cosmopolitan and lush; there were plants and trees everywhere. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "The Trip That Taught Me to Be Gentler on Myself," 18 Sep. 2019 Whoever dared to, by default, would stand to please fashion editors, stylists, and the leagues of cosmopolitan women with access to any and every designer brand who were tired of their style overlapping with friends or, even worse, acquaintances. Tyler Joe, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tales in Retail: Introducing Fashion's Chicest New E-Tailer," 13 Dec. 2016 Mumbai also offers several tourist attractions and gives visitors a true taste of cosmopolitan living. Anuj Puri, Quartz India, "In the Delhi versus Mumbai real estate debate, there’s no easy answer," 19 Dec. 2019 The couple traveled in cosmopolitan circles for whose members nationalities were mere formalities. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Oldest Money: Inside Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's Sicilian Palazzo," 10 Dec. 2019 He is viewed by many close to the president as a more logical political heir apparent than his sister, the far more cosmopolitan and refined Ivanka Trump. Jonathan Lemire, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Donald Trump Jr.: A potent voice for father’s campaign," 20 Oct. 2019 Younger voters and residents of cosmopolitan London voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU. Washington Post, "The Roots of Brexit," 20 Mar. 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cosmopolitan.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cosmopolitan.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cosmopolitanisms. Accessed 27 January 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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