Definition of acropolis in English:

acropolis

Syllabification: a·crop·o·lis
Pronunciation: /əˈkräpəlis
 
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noun

  • 1A citadel or fortified part of an ancient Greek city, typically built on a hill.
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    • The actors seldom move: they are like tortured figures on a frieze in a besieged acropolis.
    • There are remains of an acropolis located on a hillside with magnificent views.
    • On the acropolis is a smaller walled-in area where a ruined Byzantine chapel lies over the foundations of the Temple of Athena.
  • 1.1 (the Acropolis) The ancient citadel at Athens, containing the Parthenon and other notable buildings, mostly dating from the 5th century bc.
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    • Pericles was the force behind many of the buildings on the acropolis, including the Parthenon itself.
    • If you have the time, you should take a donkey ride up to the ancient acropolis, with its restored Temple of Athena inside the Knights ' Castle.
    • The NationalGeographic Society made a generous contribution toward the excavation of the acropolis and the theater.

Origin

Greek, from akron 'summit' + polis 'city'.

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