me·​trop·​o·​lis | \ mə-ˈträ-p(ə-)ləs How to pronounce metropolis (audio) \

Definition of metropolis

1 : the chief or capital city of a country, state, or region
2 : the city or state of origin of a colony (as of ancient Greece)
3a : a city regarded as a center of a specified activity an industrial metropolis a cattle metropolis
b : a large important city one of Europe's great metropolises

Examples of metropolis in a Sentence

a big, teeming metropolis where ambitious people from all over come to make their mark
Recent Examples on the Web Home to 21 million people and the capital of southwestern Sichuan province, Chengdu was locked down on September 1, becoming the largest Chinese metropolis to come to a standstill since Shanghai’s painful two-month lockdown in the spring. Yong Xiong, CNN, 8 Sep. 2022 New York City, which was the first U.S. metropolis to require vaccinations indoors, joins Seattle and Boston, which also made similar decisions in recent weeks. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 28 Feb. 2022 In the wake of Covid-19, many people have decided to leave the ultra-modern metropolis and take their fur babies with them. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 26 Jan. 2022 In New York City, the first U.S. metropolis to see a major surge, the researchers estimated that cases would peak by the first week of the new year. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 The result in fewer than 12 months has been a 45-degree price spike in the 30-100 mile rings around almost every major U.S. metropolis while downtown property values and rents in many cases have depreciated proportionally. Peter Lane Taylor, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 It’s one of the beauties of life in Los Angeles — that in the midst of a sprawling metropolis, wildlife coexists alongside humans. Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022 That’s how many people in the Chinese metropolis of Chengdu will be impacted by a sweeping citywide lockdown today due to stringent zero-Covid measures. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 1 Sep. 2022 In the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing, the mercury rose to 113 Fahrenheit Thursday, prompting the government to issue its highest heat warning for the eighth time this summer., 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of metropolis

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for metropolis

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek mētropolis, from mētr-, mētēr mother + polis city — more at mother, police entry 1

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“Metropolis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition of metropolis

1 : the chief or capital city of a country, state, or region
2 : a large or important city

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