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Friday, August 05, 2016

Definitions for cosmopolis

  1. an internationally important city inhabited by many different peoples reflecting a great variety of cultures, attitudes, etc.

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Citations for cosmopolis
The streets--with their pearly awnings and gay bustle of hats and parasols--were all a-shimmer in the heat, and swarming with "foreigners," with the result that Glasgow had assumed the air of a cosmopolis, resembling, perhaps, Seville, Paris or even Naples, on a fête day. Jane Harris, Gillespie and I, 2011
Yet this was also the era that gave us the cosmopolis, the dazzling hub of industrial and imperial prosperity, a place designed to be not only a home to its citizens but also a host to the rest of the world. Herbert Muschamp, "Worldly Cities of Iron (and Angels)," New York Times, March 27, 1994
Origin of cosmopolis
1890-1895
Cosmopolis is modeled on the word metropolis. Its first element, cosmo-, stems from the Greek kósmos meaning "world, universe," and its second element, -polis stems from the Greek pólis, "city-state."