[ me-truh-pol-i-tn ]
/ ˌmɛ trəˈpɒl ɪ tn /
of, noting, or characteristic of a metropolis or its inhabitants, especially in culture, sophistication, or in accepting and combining a wide variety of people, ideas, etc.
of or relating to a large city, its surrounding suburbs, and other neighboring communities: the New York metropolitan area.
pertaining to or constituting a mother country.
pertaining to an ecclesiastical metropolis.
an inhabitant of a metropolis.
a person who has the sophistication, fashionable taste, or other habits and manners associated with those who live in a metropolis.
Eastern Church. the head of an ecclesiastical province.
an archbishop in the Church of England.
Roman Catholic Church. an archbishop who has authority over one or more suffragan sees.
(in ancient Greece) a citizen of the mother city or parent state of a colony.
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Origin of metropolitan
OTHER WORDS FROM metropolitan
met·ro·pol·i·tan·ism, nounin·ter·met·ro·pol·i·tan, adjectivenon·met·ro·pol·i·tan, adjective, nounsu·per·met·ro·pol·i·tan, adjective
Words nearby metropolitan
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British Dictionary definitions for non-metropolitan
/ (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
- Eastern Churches the head of an ecclesiastical province, ranking between archbishop and patriarch
- Church of England an archbishop
- RC Church an archbishop or bishop having authority in certain matters over the dioceses in his province
Derived forms of metropolitanmetropolitanism, noun
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