polis

noun
po·​lis | \ ˈpä-ləs How to pronounce polis (audio) \
plural poleis\ ˈpä-​ˌlās How to pronounce poleis (audio) \

Definition of polis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a Greek city-state broadly : a state or society especially when characterized by a sense of community

Definition of -polis (Entry 2 of 2)

: city megalopolis

First Known Use of polis

Noun

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polis

Noun

Greek — more at police

Noun combining form

Late Latin, from Greek, from polis

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