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[koz-mop-uh-lis] /kɒzˈmɒp ə lɪs/
an internationally important city inhabited by many different peoples reflecting a great variety of cultures, attitudes, etc.
Origin of cosmopolis
1890-95; cosmo- + -polis, modeled on metropolis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • My country is where there are most people like me—cosmopolis!

    Egoists James Huneker
  • In fact, the Republic of Learning to-day is the true cosmopolis.

    The Spirit of America Henry Van Dyke
  • Oh, shoot it along to Mrs. Archibald Moffam, at the cosmopolis.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
  • You wished me, surely, to put it aside and send it to the cosmopolis to-morrow?

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
  • I can't go to a place like the cosmopolis looking like this.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for cosmopolis


an international city
Word Origin
C19: see cosmo-, polis1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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