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me·trop·o·lis

 (mĭ-trŏp′ə-lĭs)
n.
1. A major city, especially the chief city of a country or region: Chicago, the metropolis of the Midwest.
2. A city or an urban area regarded as the center of a specific activity: a great cultural metropolis.
3. Ecclesiastical The chief see of a metropolitan bishop.
4. The mother city or country of an overseas colony, especially in ancient Greece.

[Middle English metropol, from Late Latin mētropolis, mother-city, from Greek : mētēr, mētr-, mother; see māter- in Indo-European roots + polis, city; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

metropolis

(mɪˈtrɒpəlɪs)
n, pl -lises
1. (Human Geography) the main city, esp of a country or region; capital
2. a centre of activity
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the chief see in an ecclesiastical province
[C16: from Late Latin from Greek: mother city or state, from mētēr mother + polis city]

me•trop•o•lis

(mɪˈtrɒp ə lɪs)

n., pl. -lis•es.
1. any large, busy city, esp. the chief city of a country or region.
2. a central place of some activity: a trading metropolis.
3. the mother city or parent state of a colony, esp. of an ancient Greek colony.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin mētropolis < Greek mētrópolis a mother state or city]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.metropolis - a large and densely populated urban areametropolis - a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts; "Ancient Troy was a great city"
concrete jungle - an area in a city with large modern buildings that is perceived as dangerous and unpleasant
central city, city center, city centre - the central part of a city
financial center - the part of a city where financial institutions are centered
down town, municipal center, civic center - the center of a city
inner city - the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city
medical center - the part of a city where medical facilities are centered
municipality - an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government
national capital - the capital city of a nation
provincial capital - the capital city of a province
state capital - the capital city of a political subdivision of a country
2.metropolis - people living in a large densely populated municipality; "the city voted for Republicans in 1994"
municipality - people living in a town or city having local self-government

metropolis

noun city, town, capital, big city, municipality, conurbation, megalopolis the bustling metropolis

metropolis

noun
A large and important town:
Informal: burg, town.
Translations
المَدينَه الأم، المدينَه الكُبْرى
metropole
hovedstad
urbego
metropolimetropolis
stórborg
didmiesčiodidžiausias miestasmetropolismunicipalinissostinė
galvaspilsētametropole
metropola
başkentbüyük kent

metropolis

[mɪˈtrɒpəlɪs] Nmetrópoli f

metropolis

[məˈtrɒpəlɪs] nmétropole f

metropolis

nMetropole f, → Weltstadt f; (= capital)Hauptstadt f

metropolis

[mɪˈtrɒpəlɪs] nmetropoli f inv

metropolis

(məˈtropəlis) noun
a large city, especially the chief city of a country. London is England's metropolis.
metropolitan (metrəˈpolitən) adjective
of or in a capital city. the metropolitan area/police.
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Beware my Laura (she would often say) Beware of the insipid Vanities and idle Dissipations of the Metropolis of England; Beware of the unmeaning Luxuries of Bath and of the stinking fish of Southampton.
Two days after this adventure, the emperor, having ordered that part of his army which quarters in and about his metropolis, to be in readiness, took a fancy of diverting himself in a very singular manner.
But, in the first place, New York was a metropolis, and perfectly aware that in metropolises it was "not the thing" to arrive early at the opera; and what was or was not "the thing" played a part as important in Newland Archer's New York as the inscrutable totem terrors that had ruled the destinies of his forefathers thousands of years ago.
The metropolis of Great Britain is, in certain respects, like no other metropolis on the face of the earth.
Southward, with low funnel belching forth fire and smoke into the blackness of the night, the huge engine, with its solitary saloon carriage and guard's brake, thundered its way through the night towards the great metropolis.
By which the reader may perceive (a circumstance which we have not thought necessary to communicate before) that this was the very time when the late rebellion was at the highest; and indeed the banditti were now marched into England, intending, as it was thought, to fight the king's forces, and to attempt pushing forward to the metropolis.
Gentlemen,' I say, 'here's all the natural advantages for a great metropolis.
Damon came over frequently to consult with Tom and Ned, and finally the last of their baggage had been packed, certain of Tom's inventions and implements sent on by express to New York to be taken to Honduras, and then our friends themselves followed to the metropolis.
A fourth candidate was expected to present herself on the next day; and, until she made her appearance, Noel Vanstone positively declined removing from the metropolis.
I looked, and afar off I saw an immense Polygonal structure, in which I recognized the General Assembly Hall of the States of Flatland, surrounded by dense lines of Pentagonal buildings at right angles to each other, which I knew to be streets; and I perceived that I was approaching the great Metropolis.
One of his first acts was to make Salem, instead of Boston, the metropolis of Massachusetts, by summoning the General Court to meet there.
She and her secret stayed ten days longer in the deserted Metropolis visiting the scenes they were to know so well later on.

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