metropolitan

noun
met·​ro·​pol·​i·​tan | \ ˌme-trə-ˈpä-lə-tən How to pronounce metropolitan (audio) \

Definition of metropolitan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the primate of an ecclesiastical province
2 : one who lives in a metropolis or displays metropolitan manners or customs

metropolitan

adjective

Definition of metropolitan (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or constituting a metropolitan or his see
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a metropolis and sometimes including its suburbs
3 : of, relating to, or constituting a mother country as distinguished from a colony

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Synonyms & Antonyms for metropolitan

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of metropolitan in a Sentence

Noun a TV series about the lives and loves of a group of young, attractive metropolitans Adjective the greater New York metropolitan area This is one of the best seafood restaurants in metropolitan Los Angeles.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thailand declared semi-lockdowns in the Bangkok metropolitan and 6 other province on July 12. Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, 17 July 2021 But truly rural areas are a relatively small slice of the electorate: In 2016, only 14 percent of all voters cast ballots in counties defined by the Census Bureau as non-metropolitan. David Wasserman, NBC News, 28 Oct. 2019 Brexit devolved into an identity war: an English counter-revolution between nationalists and internationalists, country geezers versus young metropolitans, Little England versus Great Britain. Tina Brown, Time, 6 June 2019 The new list ranks the country's 125 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life. Enquirer Staff, Cincinnati.com, 13 Apr. 2018 The new list ranks the country's 125 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life. Enquirer Staff, Cincinnati.com, 13 Apr. 2018 The new list ranks the country's 125 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life. Enquirer Staff, Cincinnati.com, 13 Apr. 2018 The new list ranks the country's 125 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life. Enquirer Staff, Cincinnati.com, 13 Apr. 2018 The new list ranks the country's 125 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life. Enquirer Staff, Cincinnati.com, 13 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Birmingham metropolitan area was soaked early Monday evening as flash flooding led waters to rise across the metro. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 19 July 2021 The Bangkok metropolitan area reported the highest number of infections with 4,841 new cases, as well as 108 deaths. Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, 17 July 2021 The largest, busiest and most densely populated metropolitan area on Earth is home to a surprising array of wildlife. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 Denver’s metropolitan area has nearly 3 million people, and CPW said nearly 750,000 additional people are projected to make the Front Range their home by 2029. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 In Miami, nearly 40% of the housing stock is condos, the highest of any major metropolitan area in the U.S., according to Zillow. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, 14 July 2021 In the Orlando metropolitan area, Ray said there are about 240,850 people who get Social Security retirement benefits. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, 14 July 2021 The legislation also would prevent landlords from raising rent above the voluntary rent guideline, a percentage set by the county executive based on the rental component of the consumer price index for the Washington metropolitan area. Stephanie Lai, Washington Post, 14 July 2021 The acquisition of Howard and its roughly $2 billion in deposits will about double FNB’s deposit market share in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metropolitan area. Christopher Dinsmore, baltimoresun.com, 13 July 2021

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First Known Use of metropolitan

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for metropolitan

Adjective

Middle English, from Late Latin metropolitanus of the see of a metropolitan, from metropolita, noun, metropolitan, from Late Greek mētropolitēs, from mētropolis see of a metropolitan, from Greek, capital

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The first known use of metropolitan was in the 14th century

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“Metropolitan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metropolitan. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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metropolitan

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of metropolitan

: of or relating to a large city and the surrounding cities and towns

metropolitan

adjective
met·​ro·​pol·​i·​tan | \ ˌme-trə-ˈpä-lə-tən How to pronounce metropolitan (audio) \

Kids Definition of metropolitan

: of, relating to, or like that of a large city a metropolitan area

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