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[koz-muh-pol-i-tn] /ˌkɒz məˈpɒl ɪ tn/
free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments; at home all over the world.
of or characteristic of a cosmopolite.
belonging to all the world; not limited to just one part of the world.
Botany, Zoology. widely distributed over the globe.
a person who is free from local, provincial, or national bias or attachment; citizen of the world; cosmopolite.
a cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, an orange-flavored liqueur, and lime juice.
Origin of cosmopolitan
First recorded in 1835-45; cosmopolite + -an
Related forms
cosmopolitanism, noun
cosmopolitanly, adverb
noncosmopolitan, adjective, noun
noncosmopolitanism, noun
uncosmopolitan, adjective
1. sophisticated, urbane, worldly.
1. provincial, parochial. Unabridged
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  • Patriotism and internationalism or cosmopolitanism are two opposites.

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • There were not a few touches of cosmopolitanism suggestive of that gathering.

  • She had about her something that Clancy could not define, and which was cosmopolitanism, worldliness.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche
  • As for that cosmopolitanism for which you censure him, we do not agree there; it is just that which interests me in him.

    Cosmopolis, Complete Paul Bourget
  • You remember the morning when you were so gay, and when you gave me the theory of your cosmopolitanism?

    Cosmopolis, Complete Paul Bourget
  • And the cosmopolitanism of the streets is still more marked.

  • But the precise point I am dealing with is their theory of cosmopolitanism.

    Our Part in the Great War Arthur Gleason
  • This is where the cosmopolitanism of our radical group is a poor guide for action.

    Our Part in the Great War Arthur Gleason
British Dictionary definitions for cosmopolitanism


a person who has lived and travelled in many countries, esp one who is free of national prejudices
having interest in or familiar with many parts of the world
sophisticated or urbane
composed of people or elements from all parts of the world or from many different spheres
(of plants or animals) widely distributed
Derived Forms
cosmopolitanism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, ultimately from Greek kosmopolitēs, from kosmo-cosmo- + politēs citizen
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Word Origin and History for cosmopolitanism



1844, from cosmopolite "citizen of the world" (q.v.) on model of metropolitan. The U.S. women's magazine of the same name was first published in 1886. Cosmopolitanism first recorded 1828.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cosmopolitanism in Medicine

cosmopolitan cos·mo·pol·i·tan (kŏz'mə-pŏl'ĭ-tn)
Growing or occurring in many parts of the world; widely distributed. n.
A cosmopolitan organism.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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