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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The city was the last metropolitan in Alabama to rid itself of the commission form of government. John Sharp, al, 18 Jan. 2022 Thailand declared semi-lockdowns in the Bangkok metropolitan and 6 other province on July 12. Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, 17 July 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 13 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The brain must disregard a lot of ordinary metropolitan white noise, while remaining alert to unusual sounds that might be of vital importance. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 The area emits more carbon dioxide from large facilities every year than metropolitan Los Angeles but has a population 3 percent the size. Wired, 29 July 2022 While Melbourne suburbs have been a popular choice in recent years, the 2022 season of The Block is pre-filmed in a non-metropolitan area. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 26 July 2022 But our metropolitan police department is there to support them in many cases and lead in others. CBS News, 17 July 2022 One contender is typically much stronger in metropolitan Milwaukee than in other parts of Wisconsin, thanks in part to the backing of party leaders, insiders, donors and, sometimes, talk radio. Craig Gilbert, Journal Sentinel, 11 July 2022 More of us work from home, at least partially, and some of us have moved to different locations that may not have metropolitan airport convenience. Melissa Dreuth, Forbes, 1 July 2022 According to a July 2021 report from Climate Central, Cleveland is ranked 15th among the 20 cities classified as an urban heat island, or metropolitan places that are hotter than their outlying areas, especially during summer months. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 1 July 2022 Bailey was one of a half dozen candidates in the GOP primary that also included Richard Irvin, the mayor of Aurora, Illinois in metropolitan Chicago. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 29 June 2022 See More

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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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“Metropolitan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metropolitan. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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