[ mi-trop-uh-lis ]
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noun,plural me·trop·o·lis·es.
  1. any large, busy city.

  2. the chief, and sometimes capital, city of a country, state, or region.

  1. a central or principal place, as of some activity: the music metropolis of France.

  2. the mother city or parent state of a colony, especially of an ancient Greek colony.

  3. the chief see of an ecclesiastical province.

Origin of metropolis

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin mētropolis<Greek mētrópolis a mother state or city, equivalent to mētro-, combining form of mḗtērmother1 + pólis-polis, polis

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British Dictionary definitions for metropolis


/ (mɪˈtrɒpəlɪs) /

nounplural -lises
  1. the main city, esp of a country or region; capital

  2. a centre of activity

  1. the chief see in an ecclesiastical province

Origin of metropolis

C16: from Late Latin from Greek: mother city or state, from mētēr mother + polis city

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