Definition of acropolis in English:


Line breaks: acrop|olis
Pronunciation: /əˈkrɒpəlɪs


  • 1A citadel or fortified part of an ancient Greek city, typically one built on a hill.
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    • General warfare did not immediately follow the Spartan seizure of the Theban acropolis, but diplomatic initiatives increased in intensity.
    • So, he and some of his men, and a large crowd of locals, all made their way to the acropolis and the wagon.
    • This area was one of the first spots in the region in being inhabited and to become a town, only equaled by the acropolis of Tiryns and Mycenae.
  • 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.


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

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