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

Pickens flirted with the idea of marketing water from West Texas to the state's metropolitan areas. Fortune, "Oil Tycoon T. Boone Pickens Dies at 91," 11 Sep. 2019 Pickens flirted with the idea of marketing water from West Texas to the state’s metropolitan areas. Cliff Brunt, The Denver Post, "Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91, spokesperson says," 11 Sep. 2019 The Houston metropolitan area, which includes Harris county, is one of the most ethnically and racially diverse metro areas in the country, but there were only 2 black women serving as county judges. Noel Cody, Essence, "Rise to the Occasion," 10 Sep. 2019 Authorities issued evacuation advisories for more than 100,000 people in parts of the Kanagawa, Shizuoka prefectures and Tokyo metropolitan areas, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. Fox News, "Typhoon Faxai targets Tokyo as more than 100,000 told to evacuate ahead of 'very powerful' storm," 9 Sep. 2019 Sure, even going by the rankings of major metropolitan areas rather than cities alone, Birmingham is just barely inside the Top 50. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Are you a true Birmingham local? Answer these 15 questions," 9 Sep. 2019 What happens when a major metropolitan area runs out of water? NBC News, "The Fire: Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI," 6 Sep. 2019 Memphis fares worst among major metropolitan areas, with 17% of seniors like Milligan unsure of their next meal. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Starving seniors: America is failing to feed its aging citizens, which is costly to them and to everyone else," 5 Sep. 2019 The state's laws were enacted before the passage of the Clean Air Act to curb the automobile air pollution in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. CBS News, "Trump plans to revoke California fuel economy standards," 5 Sep. 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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