me·​trop·​o·​lis mə-ˈträ-p(ə-)ləs How to pronounce metropolis (audio)
: the chief or capital city of a country, state, or region
: the city or state of origin of a colony (as of ancient Greece)
: a city regarded as a center of a specified activity
an industrial metropolis
a cattle metropolis
: 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 Many of the other top-10 cities (Houston, Chicago, San Diego, Philadelphia, Dallas) are million-plus person metropolises. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 7 June 2024 When thinking of blighted downtowns, cities like San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, may come to mind, but there is a Midwest metropolis dealing with a major problem of its own: St. Louis. Justin Klawans, theweek, 6 May 2024 Models from other students show metropolises raised over water, with structures that mimic shapes found in nature that withstand hurricanes and other storms. Manuel Bojorquez, CBS News, 1 June 2024 The metropolis of Good Day Sunshine is a gentle place where even the police puppet is friendly. Judy Berman, TIME, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for metropolis 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of metropolis was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Metropolis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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me·​trop·​o·​lis mə-ˈträp-(ə-)ləs How to pronounce metropolis (audio)
: the chief or capital city of a country, state, or region
: a large important city

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