Definition of metropolis in English:


Line breaks: me¦trop|olis
Pronunciation: /mɪˈtrɒp(ə)lɪs


1The capital or chief city of a country or region: he preferred the peaceful life of the countryside to the bustle of the metropolis
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  • Lagado is the capital metropolis of Balnibari, the continent of the land of Laputa.
  • I had expected to escape the bustle of the metropolis and soak in the undisturbed beauty of nature.
  • City centers, especially in the nation's biggest metropolises, have become hosts to resurgent capital markets.
capital (city), chief town, state/regional/provincial capital, county town, county borough, administrative centre
1.1A very large and busy city: by the late eighteenth century Edo had grown to a metropolis with a population of nearly one million
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  • It was a rather dreary day outside, which really wasn't unusual in the busy metropolis of San Francisco.
  • Currently, 28 per cent of our population is urban, residing in 23 metropolises with a population of more than one million each, and five mega cities with a population of more than five million each.
  • In its heyday, the urban sketch was a byproduct of the concurrent rise of newspapers and population growth in metropolises.
big city, conurbation, megalopolis, urban sprawl, concrete jungle
informal big smoke
archaic wen


late Middle English (denoting the see of a metropolitan bishop): via late Latin from Greek mētropolis 'mother state', from mētēr, mētr- 'mother' + polis 'city'.

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