see also: Metropolis
  • (RP) IPA: /mɪˈtɹɒpəlɪs/


  1. (history) The mother (founding) polis (city state) of a colony, especially in the Hellenistic world.
    1. The mother country of a colony.
  2. A large, busy city, especially as the main city in an area or country or as distinguished from surrounding rural areas.
  3. (canon law) The see of a metropolitan archbishop, ranking above its suffragan diocesan bishops.
  4. (ecology) A generic focus in the distribution of plants or animals.
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Proper noun
  1. A city/county seat in Massac County, Illinois.
  2. A ghost town in Elko County, Nevada.
  3. a classical city site in Anatolia (Turkey).

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