metic

[ met-ik ]
/ ˈmɛt ɪk /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for metic

metic
/ (ˈmɛtɪk) /

noun

(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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