[ me-truh-pol-i-tn ]
/ ˌmɛ trəˈpɒl ɪ tn /



Origin of metropolitan

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin mētropolītānus of, belonging to a metropolis < Greek mētropolī́t(ēs) (see metropolis, -ite1) + Latin -ānus -an

OTHER WORDS FROM metropolitan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for metropolitanism

  • 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|Francis Miltoun
  • Mrs. Gammit felt abashed at her ignorance, but gratified, at the same time, by the reproach of metropolitanism.

    The Backwoodsmen|Charles G. D. Roberts
  • And it is one of the ways that Chicago preserves her metropolitanism.

British Dictionary definitions for metropolitanism

/ (ˌmɛtrəˈpɒlɪtən) /


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


  1. Eastern Churches the head of an ecclesiastical province, ranking between archbishop and patriarch
  2. Church of England an archbishop
  3. RC Church an archbishop or bishop having authority in certain matters over the dioceses in his province

Derived forms of metropolitan

metropolitanism, noun
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