noun, plural me·trop·o·lis·es.

  1. any large, busy city.
  2. the chief, and sometimes capital, city of a country, state, or region.
  3. a central or principal place, as of some activity: the music metropolis of France.
  4. the mother city or parent state of a colony, especially of an ancient Greek colony.
  5. the chief see of an ecclesiastical province.

noun plural -lises

  1. the main city, esp of a country or region; capital
  2. a centre of activity
  3. the chief see in an ecclesiastical province

n.“seat of a metropolitan bishop,” 1530s, from Late Latin metropolis; see metropolitan. Meaning “chief town or capital city of a province” is first attested 1580s, earlier metropol (late 14c.).

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