[ nuh-krop-uh-lis, ne- ]
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noun,plural ne·crop·o·lis·es.
  1. a cemetery, especially one of large size and usually of an ancient city.

  2. 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

Other words from necropolis

  • nec·ro·pol·i·tan [nek-ruh-pol-i-tn], /ˌnɛk rəˈpɒl ɪ tn/, adjective

Words Nearby necropolis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use necropolis in a sentence

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

    How I Write: Doug Dorst | Noah Charney | February 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • As I mentioned above, I got started writing Alive in necropolis because my agent gave me a nudge in that direction.

    How I Write: Doug Dorst | Noah Charney | February 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • We then came to the necropolis of St. Miniato, a church considered to be one of the oldest on the continent.

  • The necropolis has been robbed to form the collections of Salt, Drouetti, and others.

  • Only one sepulchre now remains open in the necropolis, half way up the slope of a mound called the Poggio Reale.

    Roman Mosaics | Hugh Macmillan

British Dictionary definitions for necropolis


/ (nɛˈkrɒpəlɪs) /

nounplural -lises or -leis (-ˌleɪs)
  1. a burial site or cemetery

Origin of necropolis

C19: Greek, from nekros dead + polis city

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