[ koz-muh-pol-i-tn ]
/ ˌkɒz məˈpɒl ɪ tn /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for cosmopolitan

/ (ˌkɒzməˈpɒlɪtən) /


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 forms of cosmopolitan

cosmopolitanism, noun

Word Origin for cosmopolitan

C17: from French, ultimately from Greek kosmopolitēs, from kosmo- cosmo- + politēs citizen
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Medical definitions for cosmopolitan

[ kŏz′mə-pŏlĭ-tn ]


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


A cosmopolitan organism.
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