polis

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

an ancient Greek city-state.

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Origin of polis

1890–95; < Greek pólis, plural (Ionic) póleis

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British Dictionary definitions for poleis

poleis

noun

the plural of polis 1

polis

1

noun plural poleis (ˈpɒlaɪs)

an ancient Greek city-state

Word Origin for polis

from Greek: city

polis

2

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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