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  1. a person who is cosmopolitan in his or her ideas, life, etc.; citizen of the world.
  2. an animal or plant of worldwide distribution.
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Origin of cosmopolite

1590–1600; < Greek kosmopolī́tēs citizen of the world, equivalent to kosmo- cosmo- + polī́tēs citizen (pól(is) a city, state + -ītēs -ite1)
Related formscos·mop·o·lit·ism, nounnon·cos·mop·o·lite, nounnon·cos·mop·o·lit·ism, noun
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for cosmopolite


  1. a less common word for cosmopolitan (def. 1)
  2. an animal or plant that occurs in most parts of the world
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Derived Formscosmopolitism, noun
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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).

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