an alien resident of an ancient Greek city who paid a tax for the right to live there.

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Origin of metic

1800–10; < Late Latin metycus, variant of metoecus < Greek métoikos emigrant, equivalent to met- met- + -oikos dwelling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for metic



(in ancient Greece) an alien having some rights of citizenship in the city in which he lives

Word Origin for metic

C19: from Greek metoikos, from meta- (indicating change) + -oikos dwelling

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Word Origin and History for metic



"resident alien in an ancient Greek state," 1808, from Late Latin metycus, from Greek metoikos, literally "one who has changed his residence," from meta- "change" (see meta-) + -oikos "dwelling," from oikein "to dwell" (see villa).

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