Etymology
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metropolis (n.)

1530s, "seat of a metropolitan bishop," from Late Latin metropolis, which is from Greek (see metropolitan (n.)). Meaning "chief town or capital city of a province" is attested from 1580s; the earlier word for this in English was metropol (late 14c.) or metropolitan (mid-15c.). Related: Metropolitical "pertaining to or belonging to a metropolis."

updated on January 08, 2019

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Definitions of metropolis from WordNet

metropolis (n.)
a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts;
Synonyms: city / urban center
metropolis (n.)
people living in a large densely populated municipality;
Synonyms: city
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