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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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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.
7.54 billion, the second largest budget among the six metropolises. Deputy Mayor Manjudevi Gurung presented the budget focusing on infrastructure, connecting road, building construction, drinking water, lake preservation, smart city, overhead bridge and constructing a glass bridge over the David Falls.
The curators' challenges will be to justify their imposition of a municipal lens onto an entire continent and to incorporate the diverse realities of discrete African metropolises. No doubt the range of artists--including Meschac Gaba, Mimi Cherono Ng'ok, Pascale Marthine Tayou, and James Webb--is impressive.

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