metropolis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in Middle English: from Late Latin mētropolis, from Ancient Greek μητρόπολις (mētrópolis, mother city), from μήτηρ (mḗtēr, mother) + πόλις (pólis, city (state)).[1]

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metropolis (plural metropolises or metropoleis)

  1. (history) The mother (founding) polis (city state) of a colony, especially in the Ancient Greek/Hellenistic world.
  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.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Concise Oxford English Dictionary [Eleventh Edition]

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mētropolis, from Ancient Greek μητρόπολις (mētrópolis, mother city).

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  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: me‧tro‧po‧lis

Noun[edit]

metropolis f (plural metropolissen, diminutive metropolisje n)

  1. metropolis

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Late Latin, from Ancient Greek μητρόπολις (mētrópolis, a city or mother state), from μητρο- (mētro-, mother-) + πόλις (pólis, city).

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mētropolis m (genitive mētropolis); third declension

  1. metropolis

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Third declension i-stem, alternative accusative singular in -im and ablative singular in .

Number Singular Plural
nominative mētropolis mētropolēs
genitive mētropolis mētropolium
dative mētropolī mētropolibus
accusative mētropolim
mētropolem
mētropolīs
mētropolēs
ablative mētropolī
mētropole
mētropolibus
vocative mētropolis mētropolēs

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Noun[edit]

metròpolis m (Cyrillic spelling метро̀полис)

  1. A metropolis

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