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From cosmopolite +‎ -an. Compare metropolitan and megalopolitan.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkɒz.məˈpɒl.ɪ.tən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌkɑz.məˈpɑl.ɪ.tən/
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cosmopolitan (comparative more cosmopolitan, superlative most cosmopolitan)

  1. Inclusive; affecting the whole world.
  2. (of a place or institution) Composed of people from all over the world.
  3. (of a person) At ease in any part of the world; familiar with many cultures.
    • 2013 November 25, Caroline Ferguson, “What kind of global citizens are teachers creating?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The philosophy of cosmopolitanism underlies theories of global citizenship. Cosmopolitanism is the ability to balance a local and global identity. A cosmopolitan individual engages meaningfully with different cultures and feels at home in the world.
  4. (biology, ecology) Growing or living in many parts of the world; widely distributed.
    • 2005, David K. Yeates, Brian M. Wiegmann, The Evolutionary Biology of Flies, page 372:
      Domestication and the evolution of anthrophilic traits in houseflies and some drosophilids have allowed certain species to attain cosmopolitan status.

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cosmopolitan (sense 2)

cosmopolitan (plural cosmopolitans)

  1. A cosmopolitan person; a cosmopolite.
    • 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 3, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 25:
      'She is extremely rich. A cosmopolitan.'
  2. A cocktail containing vodka, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice.
    Synonym: (clipping) cosmo
  3. (Canada, US, dated) The butterfly Vanessa cardui.
    Synonyms: cosmopolite, painted lady
  4. The moth Leucania loreyi

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cosmopolitan c

  1. cosmopolitan (drink)