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 The hospital stabilized her and, with the pandemic putting pressure on all the hospitals in the St. Louis metropolitan area, sent her by cab to a local nursing home two days later. Will Englund, Washington Post, "A small town in denial comes face to face with the virus," 26 Feb. 2021 In recent years, a handful of other proprietors have opened kosher barbecue establishments in the New York metropolitan area, particularly in locales with sizable Orthodox Jewish populations. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Many New Yorkers Want Barbecue, Just Make It Kosher," 25 Feb. 2021 Laughlin Air Force Base, where military pilots train, is east of town, and San Antonio, the closest metropolitan area, is about 150 miles away. New York Times, "Residents of a Texas Border City Long Felt Overlooked. The Storm Made It Worse.," 25 Feb. 2021 The North Texas city covers nearly 400 square miles and anchors the largest metropolitan area in the Southern U.S. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Dallas Travel Guide," 25 Feb. 2021 In the Chicago metropolitan area, home sales were up 8.8% in 2020 compared to the year prior, with the spring shutdown tempering the impact of the surge in the latter half of the year, according to the Illinois Realtors association. Ariel Cheung, chicagotribune.com, "10 Chicago homes with elbow room and outdoor spaces to cure cramped, snowy winter woes," 24 Feb. 2021 The last time home prices rose so fast in the San Diego metropolitan area was April 2014. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego home prices end year up 13 percent," 23 Feb. 2021 Texas has a metropolitan area apartment inventory of more than 2 million units, with the largest number in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, about 804,000 apartments, according to RealPage. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Texas freeze damage will likely cause a rise in apartment occupancy," 23 Feb. 2021 In Boston, roughly 138 languages are spoken and 23% of the metropolitan area speaks a language other than English at home. Cristina Silva, USA TODAY, "'It's life or death': Non-English speakers struggle to get COVID-19 vaccine across US," 22 Feb. 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 5 Mar. 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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