[ mi-trop-uh-lis ]
/ mɪˈtrɒp ə lɪs /

noun, plural me·trop·o·lis·es.

any large, busy city.
the chief, and sometimes capital, city of a country, state, or region.
a central or principal place, as of some activity: the music metropolis of France.
the mother city or parent state of a colony, especially of an ancient Greek colony.
the chief see of an ecclesiastical province.



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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for metropolis

  • The city is incredibly violent for its size, on par with metropolises that dwarf the town.

  • These things, Gentlemen, are printed now-a-days; they are printed at Paris, one of the metropolises of thought!

    The Heavenly Father|Ernest Naville
  • But the army stopped far short of the new Edens and metropolises.

    Martin Van Buren|Edward M. Shepard
  • But the pressing disc of the battle-front which had been lowering on Chicago, greatest of Earth's metropolises, was lifted.

    Invaders from the Infinite|John Wood Campbell

British Dictionary definitions for metropolis

/ (mɪˈtrɒpəlɪs) /

noun plural -lises

the main city, esp of a country or region; capital
a centre of activity
the chief see in an ecclesiastical province

Word Origin for metropolis

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