the citadel or high fortified area of an ancient Greek city.
the Acropolis, the citadel of Athens and the site of the Parthenon.

Nearby words

  1. acropetal,
  2. acrophobe,
  3. acrophobia,
  4. acrophonic,
  5. acrophony,
  6. acropolitan,
  7. acropustulosis,
  8. acrosclerosis,
  9. acrosin,
  10. acrosomal cap

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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British Dictionary definitions for acropolis



the citadel of an ancient Greek city

Word Origin for acropolis

C17: from Greek, from acro- + polis city



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).

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Culture definitions for acropolis



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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