Definition of metropolis in US English:



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

    ‘he preferred the peaceful life of the countryside to the bustle of the metropolis’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The modern metropolis of Shanghai was once a small village facing the East China Sea.’
    • ‘Located far away from the hustle and bustle of a metropolis, the choice of venue was well and truly acknowledged by all concerned.’
    • ‘Ironically, the network which leads the girl away from her little village to the metropolis does not figure anywhere.’
    • ‘City centers, especially in the nation's biggest metropolises, have become hosts to resurgent capital markets.’
    • ‘At one end it bleeds into the metropolis of Kansas City and at the other is farmland and small towns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This has the look of an inner London borough on a bright Saturday, a feeling of a village within a huge metropolis.’
    • ‘Lagado is the capital metropolis of Balnibari, the continent of the land of Laputa.’
    • ‘The water supply and underground water systems in Taipei are outdated for the modern metropolis that is the nation's capital.’
    • ‘A capitalist centre or metropolis with a number of colonies or areas of interests was thus the norm.’
    • ‘I had expected to escape the bustle of the metropolis and soak in the undisturbed beauty of nature.’
    • ‘The trio crashed through the dangling remains, now in the rough suburbs of the metropolis.’
    • ‘Four thousand years ago Kerma, the capital of the kingdom of Kush, was a massive metropolis, the first in sub-Saharan Africa.’
    • ‘It may be that what happens in half a dozen great conurbations mirrors life in the metropolis.’
    • ‘He said that in other metropolises such as Tokyo, people living in suburban areas were still considered to be Tokyo residents.’
    • ‘As major metropolises and sites of colonial contestation, all five cities, including Paris, share similarly complex histories.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When you compare that great city to the other major metropolises of the world, how's London doing?’
    • ‘The city formerly known as Saigon is a sprawling, bustling metropolis in the south of Vietnam.’
    capital, capital city, chief town, provincial capital, regional capital, state capital, county town, county borough, administrative centre
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    1. 1.1 A very large and densely populated industrial and commercial city.
      ‘by the late eighteenth century Edo had grown to a metropolis with a population of nearly one million’
      • ‘The child's cry of concern went on unheard, a faint whisper amidst the busy streets of a crowded metropolis.’
      • ‘She was to buy a train ticket to Lanzhou, a polluted industrial metropolis in northern China with a large addict population.’
      • ‘It was closed off when communist rule was imposed in 1949 but is now regaining its reputation as a cosmopolitan metropolis.’
      • ‘The larger the metropolis grows, the less coherent its image becomes.’
      • ‘This is the urban America that is still growing rapidly, and creating brand new metropolises in such places as Houston, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.’
      • ‘It was a rather dreary day outside, which really wasn't unusual in the busy metropolis of San Francisco.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Indeed, there is already evidence of a developing counter-flow of population generally, away from the major metropolises.’
      • ‘Vancouver is a rare city - a metropolis that pretty much has it all, yet avoids being bland, boring or smug.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some of these artists choose to live in major metropolises, especially Los Angeles and New York City, but others are widely dispersed.’
      • ‘It had grown from a cluster of stone buildings to a high-tech metropolis reaching kilometers in the air.’
      • ‘Here the small town atmosphere is intermixed with the comforts of a metropolis.’
      • ‘In its heyday, the urban sketch was a byproduct of the concurrent rise of newspapers and population growth in metropolises.’
      • ‘A miniature village at the bottom of a Gorse Hill garden is fast evolving into a sprawling metropolis.’
      • ‘Shanghai's amazing economic growth is promoting the city into a metropolis.’
      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’.