[ poh-lis ]
/ ˈpoʊ lɪs /

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

an ancient Greek city-state.

Origin of polis

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

Definition for polis (2 of 2)


a combining form, meaning “city,” appearing in loanwords from Greek (metropolis), and used in the formation of placenames (Annapolis).

Origin of -polis

combining form representing Greek pólis polis
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British Dictionary definitions for polis (1 of 2)

/ (ˈpɒlɪs) /

noun plural poleis (ˈpɒlaɪs)

an ancient Greek city-state

Word Origin for polis

from Greek: city

British Dictionary definitions for polis (2 of 2)

/ (ˈpolɪs) /


Scot and Irish the police or a police officer

Word Origin for polis

C19: a variant pronunciation of police
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