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Origin of acropolis

From the Greek word akrópolis, dating back to 1655–65. See acro-, -polis
Related formsac·ro·pol·i·tan [ak-ruh-pol-i-tn] /ˌæk rəˈpɒl ɪ tn/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of acropolis

  • But he entered the Acropolis a conqueror,” says our Scribe; “he won the battle.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • He turned him back, and led him without further delay into the acropolis.



  • As it chanced, the senate of the Athenians was holding a session on the Acropolis.



  • He had made love to her, there on the Acropolis, at sunset, as she had said.

    Adam Johnstone's Son

    F. Marion Crawford

  • He distinctly says that before the time of Theseus, the Acropolis was the city.

British Dictionary definitions for acropolis


  1. the citadel of an ancient Greek city

Word Origin for acropolis

C17: from Greek, from acro- + polis city


  1. the citadel of Athens on which the Parthenon and the Erechtheum stand
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Word Origin and History for acropolis

1660s, from Greek akropolis "citadel" (especially that of Athens), from akros "highest, upper" (see acrid) + polis "city" (see polis).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

acropolis in Culture



The fortified high point of ancient Athens (see also Athens). Once the center of Athenian life, the Acropolis is now the site of famous ruins, including the Parthenon. In Greek, the word means “high” (acro) “city” (polis).

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