Definition of cosmopolite in English:


Line breaks: cos|mop¦ol|ite
Pronunciation: /kɒzˈmɒp(ə)lʌɪt


1A cosmopolitan person: the true cosmopolite, the great world figure, always had his roots deep in the peculiar soil of his own country
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  • Acton was a true cosmopolite who was equally at home in England, France, Germany, and Italy, and in each country he had relatives of exalted position.
  • Neruda, he said, would like to extol the virtues of his fatherland for all nations to see while Sitor seems to be a cosmopolite still weighed down by the legacy of his ancestors.
  • That the Metropolitan Museum accessioned no works by Sargent between 1941 and 1949 reflected the distractions of World War II and the fact that interest in late nineteenth-century cosmopolites like Sargent was at its nadir.
2 Ecology another term for cosmopolitan (sense 2) of the noun).


early 17th century: from French, from Greek kosmopolitēs, from kosmos 'world' + politēs 'citizen'.

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