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.
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.
- met·ro·pol·i·tan·ism, noun
- in·ter·met·ro·pol·i·tan, adjective
- non·met·ro·pol·i·tan, adjective, noun
- su·per·met·ro·pol·i·tan, adjective
- un·met·ro·pol·i·tan, adjective
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How to use metropolitan in a sentence
These three service areas happen to be in the largest metropolitan areas of the state, where population density creates the most opportunity for profit.The Franchise Agreement Ending Offers San Diego a Chance for a Fresh Start | Amanda Moser and Shauna McKenna | September 8, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
RootMetrics also ranked the carriers in seven categories in each of 55 major metropolitan areas, down from its usual 125 areas.This is the best wireless carrier by far, survey finds | Aaron Pressman | September 8, 2020 | Fortune
The city is actually home to 145 distinct communities and the LGBTQ population ranks 15 of 50 of the largest metropolitan areas.
By July 2020, about 60% of LinkedIn connections in the US were made with people outside of the user’s metropolitan area.The pandemic is changing the geography of LinkedIn connections | Dan Kopf | August 27, 2020 | Quartz
The Seoul metropolitan area has emerged as a virus hot spot, and local government authorities made it mandatory this week for all citizens to wear masks both indoors and outdoors.A woman spread COVID to 27 customers at a Starbucks. Its mask-wearing employees escaped infection | Claire Zillman, reporter | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
The Tokyo metropolitan Police Department refused to discuss the case on the record.Japanese Bitcoin Heist ‘an Inside Job,’ Not Hackers Alone | Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky, Jake Adelstein | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
James Trainum was a police officer with the Washington, DC metropolitan police force.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities | Elizabeth Picciuto | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The metropolitan Center did not have enough room to keep the 26 women overnight, so they had to drive out to Van Nuys Jail.
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 | Allison McNearney | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Two appointments from your Majesty came last year to this metropolitan church of Manila.
Girra was a powerful figure in the metropolitan pin-ball game syndicate and had a piece of the number policy racket too.
The dowager, on the contrary, would have preferred that half the metropolitan faculty should see him daily.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
Notice was given that the Parson would address the public in the evening at metropolitan Hall.Portrait and Biography of Parson Brownlow, The Tennessee Patriot | William Gannaway Brownlow
The hotel was really a good one, and the presence of several motor parties gave the caf almost a metropolitan appearance.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
British Dictionary definitions for metropolitan
of or characteristic of a metropolis
constituting a city and its suburbs: the metropolitan area
of, relating to, or designating an ecclesiastical metropolis
of or belonging to the home territories of a country, as opposed to overseas territories: metropolitan France
Eastern Churches the head of an ecclesiastical province, ranking between archbishop and patriarch
Church of England an archbishop
RC Church an archbishop or bishop having authority in certain matters over the dioceses in his province
- metropolitanism, noun
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