noun Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek mētropolis, from mētr-, mētēr mother + polis city — more at mother, police Date: 14th century 1. the chief or capital city of a country, state, or region 2. the city or state of origin of a colony (as of ancient Greece) 3. a. a city regarded as a center of a specified activity <
a great business metropolis
b. a large important city <
the world's great metropolises — P. E. James

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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