Origin of metropolitan
Examples from the Web for metropolitanism
Historical Examples of metropolitanism
And it is one of the ways that Chicago preserves her metropolitanism.The Personality of American Cities
All this gives Arles a certain air of metropolitanism, but it does not in the least overshadow the memories of its past.Rambles on the Riviera
Mrs. Gammit felt abashed at her ignorance, but gratified, at the same time, by the reproach of metropolitanism.The Backwoodsmen
Charles G. D. Roberts
- 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
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.