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1. A very large city.
2. A region made up of several large cities and their surrounding areas in sufficient proximity to be considered a single urban complex.

[megalo- + Greek polis, city; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

meg′a·lop·o·lis′tic adj.
meg′a·lo·pol′i·tan (-lō-pŏl′ĭ-tən) adj.


(Human Geography) an urban complex, usually comprising several large towns
[C20: megalo- + Greek polis city]
megalopolitan adj, n


(ˌmɛg əˈlɒp ə lɪs)

1. a very large city.
2. an urban region, esp. of large adjoining cities and suburbs.


a densely populated area of continuous extent containing many cities and towns that are separate administrative units.
See also: Cities
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.megalopolis - a very large urban complex (usually involving several cities and towns)megalopolis - a very large urban complex (usually involving several cities and towns)
populated area, urban area - a geographical area constituting a city or town
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