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metropolis (mɪˈtrɒpəlɪs Pronunciation for metropolis

Definitions

noun

(plural) -lises
  1. the main city, esp of a country or region; capital
  2. a centre of activity
  3. the chief see in an ecclesiastical province

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin from Greek: mother city or state, from mētēr mother + polis city

Synonyms

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= city, town, capital, big city, municipality, conurbation, megalopolis

Translations for 'metropolis'

  • British English: metropolis A metropolis is the largest, busiest, and most important city in a country or region. NOUN...the bustling metropolis.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: metrópole
  • Chinese: 大都会 
  • European Spanish: metrópoli
  • French: métropole
  • German: Metropole
  • Italian: metropoli
  • Japanese: 大都市
  • Korean: 대도시
  • Portuguese: metrópole
  • Spanish: metrópoli

Example Sentences Including 'metropolis'

As Los Angeles grew in size and affluence towns out in the Simi Valley, the Grove among them, became dormitories for the metropolis.
Clive Barker THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW (2001)
I assure you Limehouse is on the easternmost edge of the metropolis.
Fidelis Morgan THE RIVAL QUEENS: A Countess Ashby de la Zouche Mystery (2002)
To help compose ourselves before we are launched into the metropolis ?
Barbara Erskine SANDS OF TIME (2003)

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