metropolitan
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /mɛtɹəˈpɒlɪtən/
  • (America) IPA: /mɛtɹɵˈpɑlɨtən/
Noun

metropolitan (plural metropolitans)

  1. (Christianity) A bishop empowered to oversee other bishops; an archbishop. [from 15th c.]
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 514:
      Yet from the late thirteenth century the metropolitan based himself either in Moscow or Vladimir-on-the-Kliazma, which was also in Muscovite territory, and it became the ambition of the Muscovites to make this arrangement permanent.
  2. The inhabitant of a metropolis. [from 18th c.]
Translations
  • Italian: metropolita
  • Russian: митрополи́т
  • Spanish: metropolitano
Adjective

metropolitan

  1. (Christianity) Pertaining to the see or province of a metropolitan. [from 15th c.]
  2. Of, or pertaining to, a metropolis or other large urban settlement. [from 16th c.]
Antonyms
  • non-metropolitan
Translations
Metropolitan
Proper noun
  1. (rail) The Metropolitan Line of London Underground, which has its ancestry in the Metropolitan Railway.
Synonyms


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