Definition of necropolis in English:

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necropolis

Pronunciation: /nəˈkräpələs/

noun

A cemetery, especially a large one belonging to an ancient city.
Example sentences
  • It is located in the city of Giza, a necropolis of ancient Memphis, and today it is part of Cairo, Egypt.
  • Nowhere is this more apparent than Westminster abbey, which he established as the royal necropolis.
  • Just 300 metres away are the latest archeological excavations of a necropolis dating back 3000 years…
Synonyms

Origin

Early 19th century: from Greek, from nekros 'dead person' + polis 'city'.

Words that rhyme with necropolis

acropolis, cosmopolis, Heliopolis, megalopolis, metropolis

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Syllabification: ne·crop·o·lis

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