- a person who is cosmopolitan in his or her ideas, life, etc.; citizen of the world.
- an animal or plant of worldwide distribution.
Origin of cosmopolite
Examples from the Web for cosmopolite
As a cosmopolite, I claim this privilege, at least, though I can see defects in all.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
No, sir, it is the remarkable gift of our people to be cosmopolite.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
Then you get the real British flavor, which the cosmopolite Englishman loses.The Professor at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
Like Herodotus, he was cosmopolite enough not to be narrowly patriotic.Classic French Course in English
William Cleaver Wilkinson
A complete man is intellectually and physically a cosmopolite.The History of Dartmouth College
Baxter Perry Smith
- a less common word for cosmopolitan (def. 1)
- an animal or plant that occurs in most parts of the world
Word Origin and History for cosmopolite
late 16c., "man of the world; citizen of the world," from Greek kosmopolites "citizen of the world," from kosmos "world" (see cosmos) + polites "citizen" (see politic). In common use 17c. in a neutral sense; it faded out in 18c. but was revived from c.1800 with a tinge of reproachfulness (opposed to patriot).