noun (es, pl2=metropoleis)
Etymology: First attested in : from (term, metropolis, lang=la), from Ancient Greek (term, , tr=mÄtrópolis, , mother city, lang=grc), from (term, , tr=mátÄr, , mother, lang=grc) + (term, , tr=pólis, , city, lang=grc).<ref name="COED-etym&pron">The Concise Oxford English Dictionary Eleventh Edition</ref>
- Any large, busy city, especially as the main city in an area or country or as distinguished from surrounding rural areas.
- (obsolete) The see of a metropolitan bishop.
- The chief city of a colony, especially in Ancient Greece.
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