One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A cosmopolitan person.‘the true cosmopolite, the great world figure, always had his roots deep in the peculiar soil of his own country’
- ‘Acton was a true cosmopolite who was equally at home in England, France, Germany, and Italy, and in each country he had relatives of exalted position.’
- ‘That the Metropolitan Museum accessioned no works by Sargent between 1941 and 1949 reflected the distractions of World War II and the fact that interest in late nineteenth-century cosmopolites like Sargent was at its nadir.’
- ‘Neruda, he said, would like to extol the virtues of his fatherland for all nations to see while Sitor seems to be a cosmopolite still weighed down by the legacy of his ancestors.’
- ‘Even while electrifying the cosmopolite yuppies with hard rock, heavy metal and thrash metal, he has pop and slow rock numbers in plenty in his quiver.’
- ‘Not only cosmopolites have the potential to transform the modern world.’
- ‘Johnson's cosmopolites respond to changing dominant discourses of nation and citizenship.’
- ‘We do have a fledgling population of cosmopolites living the good life almost without cars.’
- ‘The cosmopolite embodies the migratory subject position of those who do not fit neatly into racial categories prescribed by United States society and politics.’
- ‘Recently I attended one of those legendary Washington dinner parties, attended by British cosmopolites and Americans in the know.’
- ‘The book's protagonist, Luther Green, is an icy cosmopolite with strong connections to his family and the inner-city neighborhood of his adolescence.’
- ‘Here is Arthur Norris, cosmopolite, con man and convict, in wig and monocle, stepping out of the shadows.’
- ‘To you, cosmopolite, he might be a typical man in a typical business suit.’
- ‘Will we see you in your role as a pro-Atlantic lobbyist and cosmopolite after the expiry of your term as director general?’
- ‘As a messenger of peace, Johnson's cosmopolite offers redemption to a violent, racially striated world.’
2Ecologyanother term for cosmopolitan (sense 2 of the noun)
Early 17th century: from French, from Greek kosmopolitēs, from kosmos ‘world’ + politēs ‘citizen’.
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