[ uh-krop-uh-lis ]
/ əˈkrɒp ə lɪs /


the citadel or high fortified area of an ancient Greek city.
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


ac·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. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for acropolis

British Dictionary definitions for acropolis (1 of 2)

/ (əˈkrɒpəlɪs) /


the citadel of an ancient Greek city

Word Origin for acropolis

C17: from Greek, from acro- + polis city

British Dictionary definitions for acropolis (2 of 2)

/ (əˈkrɒpəlɪs) /


the citadel of Athens on which the Parthenon and the Erechtheum stand
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Cultural definitions for 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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