cos·​mop·​o·​lite | \käz-ˈmä-pə-ˌlīt \

Definition of cosmopolite 

: a cosmopolitan person or organism

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cosmopolitism \käz-​ˈmä-​pə-​ˌlī-​ˌti-​zəm, -​lə-​ˌti-​; ˌkäz-​mə-​ˈpä-​lə-​ˌti-​ \ noun

Examples of cosmopolite in a Sentence

having sung in opera houses all over the world, she has the confident demeanor of a seasoned cosmopolite

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In one scene, the function of food as a status symbol for globe-trotting cosmopolites becomes clear. Amelia Lester, New York Times, "For These Characters, Foreign Cultures Are Just Another Consumer Good," 18 Apr. 2018 Born in France into a Turkish family, Shafak, 46, is the ultimate modern cosmopolite. John Timpane,, "Elif Shafak: A new novel, a divided Turkey, and woman power," 24 Jan. 2018 The Gersons named their building Ballinhaus as a monument to the country’s late cosmopolite-in-chief. Yuliya Komska, Smithsonian, "Inside the House of Zyklon B," 10 Oct. 2017 That vaudevillian public disdain for East Coast intellectuals, Ivy League blue bloods, cosmopolites — all of it started with Nixon. Jennifer Senior, New York Times, "‘Richard Nixon,’ Portrait of a Thin-Skinned, Media-Hating President," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of cosmopolite

circa 1618, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cosmopolite

New Latin cosmopolites, from Greek kosmopolitēs, from kosmos + politēs citizen

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