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polis

[poh-lis]
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noun, plural po·leis [poh-lahys] /ˈpoʊ laɪs/.
  1. an ancient Greek city-state.
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Origin of polis

1890–95; < Greek pólis, plural (Ionic) póleis
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  • The Demoi and Poleis were political, dealing with the desperate condition of the state and with the allied (or tributary) cities.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8

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British Dictionary definitions for poleis

poleis

noun
  1. the plural of polis 1
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polis1

noun plural poleis (ˈpɒlaɪs)
  1. an ancient Greek city-state
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Word Origin

from Greek: city

polis2

noun
  1. Scot and Irish the police or a police officer
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Word Origin

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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