- 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.
Origin of metropolis
Examples from the Web for metropolises
The city is incredibly violent for its size, on par with metropolises that dwarf the town.The Disappearing Cops of East St. Louis
November 26, 2014
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
These things, Gentlemen, are printed now-a-days; they are printed at Paris, one of the metropolises of thought!The Heavenly Father
- the main city, esp of a country or region; capital
- a centre of activity
- the chief see in an ecclesiastical province
Word Origin and History for metropolises
"seat of a metropolitan bishop," 1530s, from Late Latin metropolis; see metropolitan. Meaning "chief town or capital city of a province" is first attested 1580s, earlier metropol (late 14c.).