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po·lis

 (pō′lĭs)
n. pl. po·leis (-lās′)
A city-state of ancient Greece.

[Greek; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

polis

(ˈpɒlɪs)
n, pl poleis (ˈpɒlaɪs)
(Historical Terms) an ancient Greek city-state
[from Greek: city]

polis

(ˈpolɪs)
n
(Law) Scot and Irish the police or a police officer
[C19: a variant pronunciation of police]

po•lis

(ˈpoʊ lɪs)

n., pl. -leis (-līs).
an ancient Greek city-state.
[1890–95; < Greek pólis, pl. (Ionic) póleis]

-polis

a combining form meaning “city” (metropolis), often used in the formation of place names (Annapolis).
[comb. form representing Greek pólis polis]

polis

The Greek term for a city-state—an area dominated by and administered from a central fortifiable town.
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