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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The barbecue-loving, middle-of-the-map metropolis has grown into a buzzing live music hotspot that is also known the world over for its storied place in jazz history. Aaron Rhodes, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2021 But on the streets of Tel Aviv — Israel's bustling metropolis — there was less optimism. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 21 May 2021 One of the most ominous is the looming threat on the edge of Southern California’s sprawling metropolis — the Cajon Pass. Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2021 The metropolis, one of the world’s largest, has announced plans to build nearly 600 more parks in the city in the next five years. New York Times, 1 June 2021 Pacheco captures the early rumblings of the city’s transformation into a global metropolis, when Mickey Mouse and Coca-Cola ushered in a new age of American-style materialism. Miguel Salazar, Vulture, 25 May 2021 Looking back, Gupta realized his team was teaching students how to look, speak, and act like their peers in a metropolis like Mumbai or New Delhi—not rural villagers living high in the Himalayas. Rob Dube, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Bit by bit, the metropolis that became modern-day Mexico City sprawled, until the lake was no more. Matt Simon, Wired, 17 May 2021 Life in the bustling metropolis of Atlanta may get a little tough to handle sometimes, but fortunately there’s a tranquil paradise located just 35 minutes southwest of the city. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 30 May 2021

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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 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of metropolis

: a very large or important city


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

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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