metropolitan

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin metropolitanus, from Ancient Greek μητροπολίτης (mētropolítēs).

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Noun[edit]

metropolitan (plural metropolitans)

  1. (Orthodox Christianity) A bishop empowered to oversee other bishops; an archbishop. [from 15th c.]
    Synonym: metropolitan bishop
    • 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.]

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Adjective[edit]

metropolitan (comparative more metropolitan, superlative most metropolitan)

  1. (Orthodox 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.]
  3. Of or pertaining to the parent state of a colony or territory, or the home country, e.g. metropolitan France
    • 1974, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Report on the Tokelau Islands, p. 8:
      Policies relating to the elimination of racial discrimination which obtain in metropolitan New Zealand are applicable in the Tokelau Islands.
    • 2015, Wouter Veenendaal, The Dutch Caribbean municipalities in comparative perspective. Island Studies Journal 10(1): 15–30:
      the new political status of these islands marks a definite break with the traditional Dutch colonial practice to keep its Caribbean colonies at a distance; and, after 2010, Dutch metropolitan laws and dministrative practices started being implemented on the islands.

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metropolitan m (feminine singular metropolitana, masculine plural metropolitans, feminine plural metropolitanes)

  1. metropolitan

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French métropolitain.

Noun[edit]

metropolitan n (plural metropolitane)

  1. (dated) metro, subway, underground

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