- of, noting, or characteristic of a metropolis or its inhabitants, especially in culture, sophistication, or in accepting and combining a wide variety of people, ideas, etc.
- of or relating to a large city, its surrounding suburbs, and other neighboring communities: the New York metropolitan area.
- pertaining to or constituting a mother country.
- pertaining to an ecclesiastical metropolis.
- an inhabitant of a metropolis.
- a person who has the sophistication, fashionable taste, or other habits and manners associated with those who live in a metropolis.
- Eastern Church. the head of an ecclesiastical province.
- an archbishop in the Church of England.
- Roman Catholic Church. an archbishop who has authority over one or more suffragan sees.
- (in ancient Greece) a citizen of the mother city or parent state of a colony.
Origin of metropolitan
Examples from the Web for metropolitan
One beginning that amused him takes place at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The Metropolitan Center did not have enough room to keep the 26 women overnight, so they had to drive out to Van Nuys Jail.Dispatch From USC Protests over Ferguson
Maya Richard Craven
November 30, 2014
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute has staged some truly fantastic shows over the past few years.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Carrie Bradshaw in Your Life
November 29, 2014
In June, the executive offices of the Metropolitan Opera were broken into and graffitied with obscene messages.
The Metropolitan Opera is the old-school Cadillac of arts institutions.
This statue, now in the Metropolitan Museum, was found at Pompeii.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
But, these are small oases, and I am soon back again in metropolitan Arcadia.The Uncommercial Traveller
The exchange into the metropolitan monastery was an important event in Sergius's life.Father Sergius
It was their Metropolitan, Suburban, and Brooklyn rolled into one.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Over the metropolitan area, the scene was one beggaring description.Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
- of or characteristic of a metropolis
- constituting a city and its suburbsthe metropolitan area
- of, relating to, or designating an ecclesiastical metropolis
- of or belonging to the home territories of a country, as opposed to overseas territoriesmetropolitan France
- Eastern Churchesthe head of an ecclesiastical province, ranking between archbishop and patriarch
- Church of Englandan archbishop
- RC Churchan archbishop or bishop having authority in certain matters over the dioceses in his province
Word Origin and History for metropolitan
early 15c., "bishop having oversight of other bishops," from Late Latin metropolitanus, from Greek metropolis "mother city" (from which others have been colonized), also "capital city," from meter "mother" (see mother (n.1)) + polis "city" (see polis).
In Greek, "parent state of a colony;" later, "see of a metropolitan bishop." In the West, the position now roughly corresponds to archbishop, but in the Greek church it ranks above it.
1540s, "belonging to an ecclesiastical metropolis," from Late Latin metropolitanus, from Greek metropolites "resident of a city," from metropolis (see metropolitan (n.)). Meaning "belonging to a chief or capital city" is from 1550s. In reference to underground city railways, it is attested from 1867.