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[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

-polis

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

combining form representing Greek pólis polis
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Related Words

metropolis, center, municipality, downtown, place, capital, port, burg, borough, megalopolis, conurbation, apple, polis

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British Dictionary definitions for polis

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 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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-polis

word-forming element meaning "City," from Greek polis "city" (see polis).

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