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[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.
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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
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noun plural -lises or -leis (-ˌleɪs)
  1. a burial site or cemetery
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Word Origin

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).

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