Definition of metropole in English:


Line breaks: metro|pole
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛtrəpəʊl


  • The parent state of a colony: it was to be the function of the colonies to cater to the needs of the metropole
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    • Alexander often confuses mother country with the metropole.
    • Many writers have believed, however, that the modern European empires did involve such a systematic robbing of colonies to enrich the metropole.
    • In other words, in the new dispensation, Palestinians would be like immigrants to a wealthy metropole rather than nationals of a poor third-world country.


late 15th century: from Old French metropole, based on Greek mētēr, mētr- 'mother' + polis 'city' (see metropolis).

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