Meaning of metropolis in English:


Pronunciation /mɪˈtrɒp(ə)lɪs/

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  • 1The capital or chief city of a country or region.

    ‘he preferred the peaceful life of the countryside to the bustle of the metropolis’
    • ‘Lagado is the capital metropolis of Balnibari, the continent of the land of Laputa.’
    • ‘I had expected to escape the bustle of the metropolis and soak in the undisturbed beauty of nature.’
    • ‘City centers, especially in the nation's biggest metropolises, have become hosts to resurgent capital markets.’
    • ‘Located far away from the hustle and bustle of a metropolis, the choice of venue was well and truly acknowledged by all concerned.’
    • ‘A capitalist centre or metropolis with a number of colonies or areas of interests was thus the norm.’
    • ‘At one end it bleeds into the metropolis of Kansas City and at the other is farmland and small towns.’
    • ‘Ironically, the network which leads the girl away from her little village to the metropolis does not figure anywhere.’
    • ‘They could have knock that sort of split but there does not seem to be one voice in favour of two county teams from the metropolis.’
    • ‘This has the look of an inner London borough on a bright Saturday, a feeling of a village within a huge metropolis.’
    • ‘The water supply and underground water systems in Taipei are outdated for the modern metropolis that is the nation's capital.’
    • ‘Four thousand years ago Kerma, the capital of the kingdom of Kush, was a massive metropolis, the first in sub-Saharan Africa.’
    • ‘The city formerly known as Saigon is a sprawling, bustling metropolis in the south of Vietnam.’
    • ‘I did not have high expectations about my trip before setting off because I thought Seoul would turn out to be a modern city comparable to other world metropolises without any special features.’
    • ‘As major metropolises and sites of colonial contestation, all five cities, including Paris, share similarly complex histories.’
    • ‘When you compare that great city to the other major metropolises of the world, how's London doing?’
    • ‘The trio crashed through the dangling remains, now in the rough suburbs of the metropolis.’
    • ‘He said that in other metropolises such as Tokyo, people living in suburban areas were still considered to be Tokyo residents.’
    • ‘The modern metropolis of Shanghai was once a small village facing the East China Sea.’
    • ‘It may be that what happens in half a dozen great conurbations mirrors life in the metropolis.’
    • ‘The city edged out the other 49 metropolises we surveyed because it's so easy to stay fit, eat healthy, and access natural therapies there.’
    capital, capital city, chief town, provincial capital, regional capital, state capital, county town, county borough, administrative centre
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    1. 1.1A very large and busy city.
      ‘by the late eighteenth century Edo had grown to a metropolis with a population of nearly one million’
      • ‘It was a rather dreary day outside, which really wasn't unusual in the busy metropolis of San Francisco.’
      • ‘Currently, 28 per cent of our population is urban, residing in 23 metropolises with a population of more than one million each, and five mega cities with a population of more than five million each.’
      • ‘In its heyday, the urban sketch was a byproduct of the concurrent rise of newspapers and population growth in metropolises.’
      • ‘The larger the metropolis grows, the less coherent its image becomes.’
      • ‘The child's cry of concern went on unheard, a faint whisper amidst the busy streets of a crowded metropolis.’
      • ‘This is the urban America that is still growing rapidly, and creating brand new metropolises in such places as Houston, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.’
      • ‘Indeed, there is already evidence of a developing counter-flow of population generally, away from the major metropolises.’
      • ‘It had grown from a cluster of stone buildings to a high-tech metropolis reaching kilometers in the air.’
      • ‘She was to buy a train ticket to Lanzhou, a polluted industrial metropolis in northern China with a large addict population.’
      • ‘Shanghai's amazing economic growth is promoting the city into a metropolis.’
      • ‘Vancouver is a rare city - a metropolis that pretty much has it all, yet avoids being bland, boring or smug.’
      • ‘It was closed off when communist rule was imposed in 1949 but is now regaining its reputation as a cosmopolitan metropolis.’
      • ‘Mini-flats have been common in metropolises such as New York and Hong Kong, where markets have rushed to adapt to high land prices and huge populations.’
      • ‘A miniature village at the bottom of a Gorse Hill garden is fast evolving into a sprawling metropolis.’
      • ‘Here the small town atmosphere is intermixed with the comforts of a metropolis.’
      • ‘Some of these artists choose to live in major metropolises, especially Los Angeles and New York City, but others are widely dispersed.’
      big city, conurbation, megalopolis, urban sprawl, concrete jungle
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Late Middle English (denoting the see of a metropolitan bishop): via late Latin from Greek mētropolis ‘mother state’, from mētēr, mētr- ‘mother’ + polis ‘city’.