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

city slicker, cosmopolitan, cosmopolite, slicker, sophisticate

Antonyms: Noun

bumpkin, hick, provincial, rustic, yokel

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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

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, "Tina Brown: How Britain Lost the Plot Over Brexit," 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, "Week in Review: It's blue ice cream season, wacky weather and more," 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, "Week in Review: It's blue ice cream season, wacky weather and more," 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, "Week in Review: It's blue ice cream season, wacky weather and more," 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, "Week in Review: It's blue ice cream season, wacky weather and more," 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, "Week in Review: It's blue ice cream season, wacky weather and more," 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, "Week in Review: It's blue ice cream season, wacky weather and more," 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, "Week in Review: It's blue ice cream season, wacky weather and more," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The condensed size fits well in metropolitan areas, where a typical Target store wouldn’t. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Connecticut’s first small-format Target opening Sunday at West Hartford’s Bishops Corner," 14 Aug. 2019 In March, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the first big anaerobic digester in the New York City metropolitan area will be operational in 2020. Los Angeles Times, "Turning rotten food and poop into energy: Investors smell an opportunity," 14 Aug. 2019 The study looked at more than 7,000 adults ages 45 to 84 for over a decade in six US metropolitan areas -- Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Exposure to polluted air is like smoking a pack a day, study says," 14 Aug. 2019 More than 20 percent of homes for sale in the San Diego metropolitan area had a price decrease in June. San Diego Union-Tribune, "More than 20 percent of San Diego homes had price reductions in June," 14 Aug. 2019 Both orchestras hope to reach new audiences in our sprawling metropolitan area. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas, FW symphony orchestras add concerts, most in alternate venues, to 2019-20 schedules," 13 Aug. 2019 Whaley lives in Five Oaks, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Dayton, a metropolitan area of about eight hundred thousand people. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "Leading Dayton, Ohio, in an Era of Guns, Trump, and Madness," 12 Aug. 2019 And the 2018 midterms swept away many of the few remaining House Republicans who represent the metropolitan areas where opposition to gun control would most clearly work to the advantage of Democrats. New York Times, "On Guns, Public Opinion and Public Policy Often Diverge," 10 Aug. 2019 Living expenses outpaced wages over the 12 months ending in June in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland metropolitan area, federal officials announced Wednesday. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "Living expenses grew faster than wages in the Bay Area," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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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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