a very large city.
an urban region, especially one consisting of several large cities and suburbs that adjoin each other.
Origin of megalopolis
First recorded in 1825–35; megalo-
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Derived Formsmegalopolitan (ˌmɛɡələˈpɒlɪtən), adjective, noun
an urban complex, usually comprising several large towns
Word Origin for megalopolis
C20: megalo- + Greek polis city
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Word Origin and History for megalopolis
1832, from comb. form of Greek megas (genitive megalou) "great" (see mickle) + polis "city" (see polis). The word was used in classical times as an epithet of great cities (Athens, Syracuse, Alexandria), and it also was the name of a former city in Arcadia.
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A vast stretch of developed industrial urban area, such as the East Coast of the United States from Boston to Washington, D.C., or the Ruhr Valley in Germany. Megalopolis is from Greek words meaning “great city.”
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