cosmopolite

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  • enPR: kŏz.mŏʹpə.līt', IPA(key): /kɑzˈmɑ.pəˌlaɪt/

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κοσμοπολίτης ‎(kosmopolítēs, citizen of the world) (κόσμος ‎(kósmos, world) + πολίτης ‎(polítēs, citizen)).

Noun[edit]

cosmopolite ‎(plural cosmopolites)

  1. One who is at home in every place; a citizen of the world; a cosmopolitan person.
    • 1891, Henry James, The Pupil.
      He was a pale, lean, acute, undeveloped little cosmopolite, who liked intellectual gymnastics and who, also, as regards the behaviour of mankind, had noticed more things than you might suppose, but who nevertheless had his proper playroom of superstitions, where he smashed a dozen toys a day.
  2. (US) The butterfly painted lady (Vanessa cardui).

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Adjective[edit]

cosmopolite ‎(comparative more cosmopolite, superlative most cosmopolite)

  1. (obsolete) cosmopolitan
    • (Can we date this quote?) Sir W. Hamilton
      In other countries taste is perhaps too exclusively national, in Germany it is certainly too cosmopolite.

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

cosmopolite m, f ‎(plural cosmopolites)

  1. cosmopolite

Adjective[edit]

cosmopolite m, f ‎(plural cosmopolites)

  1. cosmopolitan

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

cosmopolite

  1. feminine plural of cosmopolita