- an ancient Greek city-state.
Origin of polis
- a combining form, meaning “city,” appearing in loanwords from Greek (metropolis), and used in the formation of placenames (Annapolis).
Origin of -polis
Related Wordsmetropolis, center, municipality, downtown, place, capital, port, burg, borough, megalopolis, conurbation, apple, polis
Examples from the Web for polis
His father coined the word “poliatrist”, meaning a healer of the polis or city.Hector Abad On “Oblivion: A Memoir,” a Memorial to His Murdered Father
April 27, 2012
Frank is retiring, Baldwin is running for the Senate, and Polis and Ciciline are up for reelection.Gay Politicians Come Out In Force for 2012 Races
April 26, 2012
I allow them this house to meet in, bekaise it's large and far from the polis.The Tithe-Proctor
She longed to be in the Polis again, among civilized people.
If only he were Greek, what a fighter for the Polis he would be.
And her place in the Polis was dependent on the basileus, Michael.
In her mind she saw the Polis, glowing golden at the edge of the sea.
- an ancient Greek city-state
- Scot and Irish the police or a police officer
Word Origin and History for polis
"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").
word-forming element meaning "City," from Greek polis "city" (see polis).