Definition of metropolitan county in English:

metropolitan county


  • (in England) each of six units of local government centred on a large urban area (in existence since 1974, although their councils were abolished in 1986).

    • ‘Ian, who worked in a family printing and stationery business, had teamed up with local historian Peter to record life in Eccles before it became part of a metropolitan county.’
    • ‘This established a two-tier system of thirty-nine counties and six metropolitan counties for the major conurbations outside London.’
    • ‘These soon moved to the museum, which after the abolition of the metropolitan county in 1986, became part of the existing NML.’
    • ‘The motion calls for the re-regulation of buses in metropolitan counties like Greater Manchester.’


metropolitan county