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 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, "Re-election runway: What U.S. airports can tell us about Trump's 2020 chances," 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, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Cass County, which contains the Fargo metropolitan area, reported 10 of the 89 new positive cases Wednesday. USA TODAY, "NYC taxis, Fisher Cats, casinos: News from around our 50 states," 31 July 2020 The Rose Festival, which started in 1907, connects the present to the past in a way that offers meaning to people who call this metropolitan area home. oregonlive, "Portland’s Rose Festival queen is crowned in a celebration of ‘the beauty within each of us’," 30 July 2020 By Tuesday, as the daily tally reached a new state record of 191, Andrews extended the lockdown across the entire metropolitan area. Jason Scott, Bloomberg.com, "The Mistakes That Pushed an Australian City Back Into Lockdown," 11 July 2020 Other numbers about Michigan's movement: Clinton County, which is in the Lansing metropolitan area, is tied at 66% as well. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "Where Michigan didn't — and did — stay home on the Fourth of July weekend," 9 July 2020 More in Police Reform & Racial Justice Four of the seven people arrested are from the Portland metropolitan area. CBS News, "7 Portland protesters face federal charges for defacing courthouse, assaulting officers," 8 July 2020 Four of the seven people arrested are from the Portland metropolitan area. Washington Post, "Federal charges filed for 7 protesters in Portland, Oregon," 7 July 2020 But the Madrid metropolitan area, the hardest-hit in the country by Covid-19, had more than 10% prevalence, and densely urban Barcelona had 7%, while many other coastal provinces had far lower rates. Al Goodman, CNN, "Spain's coronavirus antibodies study adds evidence against herd immunity," 6 July 2020 New Mexico is the fifth-largest state by area, and is sparsely populated, with nearly half of the state’s 2.1 million residents living in the Albuquerque metropolitan area. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "New Mexico: Images of the Land of Enchantment," 5 July 2020

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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