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acropolis

[uh-krop-uh-lis]
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noun
  1. the citadel or high fortified area of an ancient Greek city.
  2. the Acropolis, the citadel of Athens and the site of the Parthenon.
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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
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  • 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.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

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

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • 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

acropolis

noun
  1. the citadel of an ancient Greek city
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Word Origin

C17: from Greek, from acro- + polis city

Acropolis

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

n.

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

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acropolis in Culture

Acropolis

[(uh-krop-uh-lis)]

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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