polis

[ poh-lis ]
/ ˈpoʊ lɪs /
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noun, plural po·leis [poh-lahys] /ˈpoʊ laɪs/.

an ancient Greek city-state.

Origin of polis

1890–95; < Greek pólis, plural (Ionic) póleis
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British Dictionary definitions for poleis (1 of 3)

poleis

/ (ˈpɒlaɪs) /

noun

the plural of polis 1

British Dictionary definitions for poleis (2 of 3)

polis

1
/ (ˈpɒlɪs) /

noun plural poleis (ˈpɒlaɪs)

an ancient Greek city-state

Word Origin for polis

from Greek: city

British Dictionary definitions for poleis (3 of 3)

polis

2
/ (ˈpolɪs) /

noun

Scot and Irish the police or a police officer

Word Origin for polis

C19: a variant pronunciation of police
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Word Origin and History for poleis

polis


n.

"ancient Greek city-state," 1894, from Greek polis "city, one's city; the state, citizens," from PIE *pele- "citadel, enclosed space, often on high ground" (cf. Sanskrit pur, puram "city, citadel," Lithuanian pilis "fortress").

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