a combining form, meaning “city,” appearing in loanwords from Greek (metropolis), and used in the formation of placenames (Annapolis).

Nearby words

  1. -pode,
  2. -podium,
  3. -podous,
  4. -poiesis,
  5. -poietic,
  6. -pounder,
  7. -prone,
  8. -proof,
  9. -pter,
  10. -pterous

Origin of -polis

combining form representing Greek pólis polis

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Word Origin and History for -polis


word-forming element meaning "City," from Greek polis "city" (see polis).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper