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


  • (UK) IPA(key): /mɛ.tɹəˈpɒ.lɪ.tən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /mɛ.tɹəˈpɑ.lɪ.tən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒlɪtən
  • Hyphenation: me‧tro‧po‧li‧tan


metropolitan (plural metropolitans)

  1. (Orthodox Christianity) A bishop empowered to oversee other bishops; an archbishop. [from 15th c.]
    Synonym: metropolitan bishop
    • 1663, Edward Waterhous [i.e., Edward Waterhouse], chapter I, in Fortescutus Illustratus; or A Commentary on that Nervous Treatise De Laudibus Legum Angliæ, Written by Sir John Fortescue Knight, [], London: [] Tho[mas] Roycroft for Thomas Dicas [], →OCLC, page 38:
      I knovv God by Miracle can inſtruct Kings, as he rained Mannah, and raiſed the Apoſtles from letterless Fiſher-men, to learned Metropolitans, and profound Doctours.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin, published 2010, page 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.]



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, page 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



Borrowed from French métropolitain.


metropolitan n (plural metropolitane)

  1. (dated) metro, subway, underground