free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments; at home all over the world.
of or characteristic of a cosmopolite.
belonging to all the world; not limited to just one part of the world.
Botany, Zoology. widely distributed over the globe.


a person who is free from local, provincial, or national bias or attachment; citizen of the world; cosmopolite.
a cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, an orange-flavored liqueur, and lime juice.

Origin of cosmopolitan

First recorded in 1835–45; cosmopolite + -an
Related formscos·mo·pol·i·tan·ism, nouncos·mo·pol·i·tan·ly, adverbnon·cos·mo·pol·i·tan, adjective, nounnon·cos·mo·pol·i·tan·ism, nounun·cos·mo·pol·i·tan, adjective

Synonyms for cosmopolitan

Antonyms for cosmopolitan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cosmopolitan

Contemporary Examples of cosmopolitan

Historical Examples of cosmopolitan

  • I cannot stand them, and a German cosmopolitan is the limit.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • "It's a better vein than the cosmopolitan," said Margaret, getting up.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Life seems great because it is cosmopolitan and not provincial or local.

  • He has rooms at the Cosmopolitan, somewhere on the top floor.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • So has it always been with chemistry, the most cosmopolitan of sciences, the most secret of arts.

British Dictionary definitions for cosmopolitan



a person who has lived and travelled in many countries, esp one who is free of national prejudices


having interest in or familiar with many parts of the world
sophisticated or urbane
composed of people or elements from all parts of the world or from many different spheres
(of plants or animals) widely distributed
Derived Formscosmopolitanism, noun

Word Origin for cosmopolitan

C17: from French, ultimately from Greek kosmopolitēs, from kosmo- cosmo- + politēs citizen
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Word Origin and History for cosmopolitan

1844, from cosmopolite "citizen of the world" (q.v.) on model of metropolitan. The U.S. women's magazine of the same name was first published in 1886. Cosmopolitanism first recorded 1828.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cosmopolitan in Medicine




Growing or occurring in many parts of the world; widely distributed.


A cosmopolitan organism.
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