metic

noun
met·​ic | \ ˈmetik \
plural -s

Definition of metic

: an alien resident of an ancient Greek city who had some civil privileges

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History and Etymology for metic

Greek metoikos, from meta- + oikos house

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“Metic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metic. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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