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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How to use metropolis in a sentence
The city is incredibly violent for its size, on par with metropolises that dwarf the town.
What looks like filthy chaos at the moment is actually the kinetic energy that gives birth to modern metropolises.
A new book about Victorian-era London reminds us that unregulated, disorderly places grow into great metropolises.
Urbanization in China has brought hundreds of millions of people from rural locations to the bustling coastal metropolises.
But the army stopped far short of the new Edens and metropolises.Martin Van Buren | Edward M. Shepard
These things, Gentlemen, are printed now-a-days; they are printed at Paris, one of the metropolises of thought!The Heavenly Father | Ernest Naville
This town seems to me to have other alleged metropolises skinned to flag stations.Strictly Business | O. Henry
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
Cities of the east grew fantastically, and even in the interior cities rose from wilderness outposts to gigantic metropolises.
British Dictionary definitions for metropolis
the main city, esp of a country or region; capital
a centre of activity
the chief see in an ecclesiastical province
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