me·trop·o·lis | \ mə-ˈträ-p(ə-)ləs \

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

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Examples of metropolis in a Sentence

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

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But where alternatives to car ownership are well-established in the US's major metropolises, bike shares are still finding their niche. Mark Harris, WIRED, "The Bike Share War Is Shaking Up Seattle Like Nowhere Else," 14 June 2018 To say Mexico City is having a moment would be putting it far too mildly for this potent metropolis. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Latina Cool Girl’s Guide to Mexico City," 4 June 2018 In fact, this bilingual metropolis became a UNESCO City of Design in 2006. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "10 reasons why Montreal is your perfect playground," 25 May 2018 Like most large American metropolises, moving around Chicago necessitates a choice between bad and worse transit options. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Is Elon Musk Scamming Chicago?," 14 June 2018 Photograph by Joe Amon/Denver Post—via Getty Images Outside the gates of a residential complex called Oak Bay, a construction frenzy tears up the central Chinese city of Wuhan, a metropolis of 11 million racing to catch up with Beijing and Shanghai. Fortune, "Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins," 6 June 2018 By popularizing Pacific Northwest bands on an international stage, Sub Pop helped transform sleepy Seattle from the Tucson of the north into a booming metropolis with sky-high property values and a tech industry reminiscent of San Francisco. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Finding the Soundtrack to My Desert Life," 25 Apr. 2018 The concept shop was designed to figure out how shoppers behave in sprawling metropolises where living in distant enough neighborhoods is a justifiable reason to sever a relationship. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Nordstrom's New York Store Is Like Shopping Online—Only in Real Life," 12 Apr. 2018 There was a 54 percent increase in fatal overdoses from July 2016 through September 2017 in major metropolises like Chicago, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Cleveland. NBC News, "Feds issue warning as plague of synthetic weed laced with rat poison spreads," 11 Apr. 2018

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of metropolis

: a very large or important city


me·trop·o·lis | \ mə-ˈträ-pə-ləs \

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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