me·​trop·​o·​lis | \ mə-ˈträ-p(ə-)ləs How to pronounce metropolis (audio) \

Definition of metropolis

1 : the chief or capital city of a country, state, or region
2 : the city or state of origin of a colony (as of ancient Greece)
3a : a city regarded as a center of a specified activity an industrial metropolis a cattle metropolis
b : a large important city one of Europe's great metropolises

Examples of metropolis in a Sentence

a big, teeming metropolis where ambitious people from all over come to make their mark
Recent Examples on the Web The Kherson region is largely rural, but the city of Kherson is a sprawling metropolis straddling the Dnipro River. New York Times, 25 July 2022 The Kherson region is largely rural, but the city of Kherson is a sprawling metropolis straddling the Dnieper River. Michael Schwirtz,, 25 July 2022 Los Angeles acquired the land in the early 1900s, when city agents posed as ranchers and farmers to buy water rights in Mono and nearby Inyo counties with a goal of building an aqueduct to meet the needs of the growing metropolis to the south. Louis Sahagúnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 Keeping dark skies dark requires a community effort Despite the crowds that throng the Door Peninsula during the summer months, Newport State Park is hardly at the edge of a bustling metropolis. Madeline Heim, Journal Sentinel, 28 June 2022 Sandra Cuevas, mayor of the Mexico City borough of Cuauhtémoc, said the street paintings that had come to characterize the city’s culinary variety in strings of colorful stalls were not compatible with her vision of a modern metropolis. Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 This is the other heart of the Hibernian metropolis, the broken one. Fintan O’toole, The Atlantic, 16 June 2022 All of the metropolis’ 25 million residents are currently under some form of quarantine. Fortune, 3 Apr. 2022 Now, leaders in California’s most car-centric metropolis are hoping to bring the climate-conscious policy to Southern California. Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of metropolis

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for metropolis

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek mētropolis, from mētr-, mētēr mother + polis city — more at mother, police entry 1

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“Metropolis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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me·​trop·​o·​lis | \ mə-ˈträ-pə-ləs How to pronounce metropolis (audio) \

Kids Definition of metropolis

1 : the chief or capital city of a country, state, or region
2 : a large or important city

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