metropolis

noun me·trop·o·lis \ mə-ˈträ-p(ə-)ləs \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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)
3 a : 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

  1. a big, teeming metropolis where ambitious people from all over come to make their mark

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Origin and Etymology of metropolis

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


METROPOLIS Defined for English Language Learners

metropolis

noun

Definition of metropolis for English Language Learners

  • : a very large or important city


METROPOLIS Defined for Kids

metropolis

noun me·trop·o·lis \ mə-ˈträ-pə-ləs \

Definition of metropolis for Students

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

Word Root of metropolis

The Greek word polis, meaning “city” or “community,” and the related word polītēs, meaning “citizen,” give us the roots polis and polit. Words from Greek polis and polītēs have something to do with cities or communities or the citizens who live in them. A metropolis is the most important city in an area. The police are a group that enforces the law so as to protect citizens. Politics is the science and art of governing citizens.



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