nonmetropolitan

adjective non·met·ro·pol·i·tan \ ˌnän-ˌme-trə-ˈpä-lə-tən \

Definition of nonmetropolitan

: not of, relating to, or characteristic of a metropolis : not metropolitan
  • nonmetropolitan communities
  • For two centuries, cities were an irresistible magnet for internal American migration. In the 1970s, however, that path was reversed as nonmetropolitan areas grew by 14.4% and metropolitan areas by 10.5%.
  • —Richard Stengel

Recent Examples of nonmetropolitan from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nonmetropolitan.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of nonmetropolitan

1876

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up nonmetropolitan? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to emit the high shrill tone of bagpipes

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a-closeup-of-a-sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!