[nuh-krop-uh-lis, ne-]

noun, plural ne·crop·o·lis·es.

a cemetery, especially one of large size and usually of an ancient city.
a historic or prehistoric burial ground.

Origin of necropolis

First recorded in 1810–20, necropolis is from the Greek word nekrópolis burial place (literally, city of the dead). See necro-, -polis
Related formsnec·ro·pol·i·tan [nek-ruh-pol-i-tn] /ˌnɛk rəˈpɒl ɪ tn/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for necropolis

graveyard, crypt, sepulcher, catacomb, vault, tomb, churchyard, charnel

Examples from the Web for necropolis

Contemporary Examples of necropolis

  • My first novel, Alive in Necropolis—or, rather, the process of writing it—changed me.

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    Noah Charney

    February 26, 2014

  • As I mentioned above, I got started writing Alive in Necropolis because my agent gave me a nudge in that direction.

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    Noah Charney

    February 26, 2014

Historical Examples of necropolis

British Dictionary definitions for necropolis


noun plural -lises or -leis (-ˌleɪs)

a burial site or cemetery

Word Origin for necropolis

C19: Greek, from nekros dead + polis city
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Word Origin and History for necropolis

"large cemetery" of an ancient or modern city, 1803, from Late Latin, literally "city of the dead," from Greek Nekropolis, a burial place near Alexandria, from nekros (see necro-) + polis "city" (see polis).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper