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

Houston is sending its sister city of Karachi, Pakistan, a large shipment of medical supplies to help mitigate scarcities in the public health system in one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. Olivia P. Tallet, Houston Chronicle, "Houston sends humanitarian medical shipment to Karachi," 18 July 2019 She’s on Day 3 of a trip to New York City, where select mayors from across the globe have gathered for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative to address, among other things, solving problems facing major metropolitan areas. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces top 5 sites for a city casino - and none are downtown," 17 July 2019 The metropolitan area’s population of 670,000 is growing. New York Times, "Why Midsize Cities Struggle to Catch Up to Superstar Cities," 16 July 2019 In fact, Sacramento — based on historical records and fault maps — is unquestionably the safest earthquake refuge among all of California’s major metropolitan areas. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: What’s the safest California city in an earthquake?," 15 July 2019 According to the Pew Research Center, there are roughly 1.1 million undocumented people in the New York metropolitan area. Anchorage Daily News, "Early Brooklyn ICE raid precedes promised White House crackdown on NYC’s undocumented, prompting outpouring of support," 14 July 2019 Eliot Engel, Jerry Nadler and Nita Lowey are three New York metropolitan area candidates facing primary challenges in 2020. Grace Segers, CBS News, "New York Democrats face primary challenges from progressive candidates," 13 July 2019 The city, Tamil Nadu's state capital and one of India's biggest metropolitan areas, has been crippled by the shortage brought on by poor water management, last year's disappointing monsoon and continuous population growth. Swati Gupta, CNN, "Indian water train arrives with desperately needed relief for Chennai," 12 July 2019 It is expected to bring more than a foot and a half of rain in potentially ruinous downpours that could go on for hours as the storm passes through the metropolitan area of nearly 1.3 million people and pushes inland. Fox News, "President Trump declares state of emergency in Louisiana, sends federal assistance ahead of Tropical Storm Barry," 12 July 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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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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