• (noun): A major city, especially the chief city of a country or region: Chicago, the metropolis of the Midwest.
  • (noun): A city or an urban area regarded as the center of a specific activity: a great cultural metropolis.
  • (noun): Ecclesiastical The chief see of a metropolitan bishop.
  • (noun): The mother city or country of an overseas colony, especially in ancient Greece.

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  • (noun): people living in a large densely populated municipality; "the city voted for Republicans in 1994"
  • (noun): a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts; "Ancient Troy was a great city"

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A metropolis () is a large city or conurbation which is a significant economic, political, and cultural center for a country or region, and an important hub for regional or international connections, commerce, and communications. The term is Ancient Greek (μητρόπολις) and means the \"mother city\" of a colony (in the ancient sense), that is, the city which sent out settlers. This was later generalized to a city regarded as a center of a specified activity, or any large, important city in a nation.
A big city belonging to a larger urban agglomeration, but which is not the core of that agglomeration, is not generally considered a metropolis but a part of it. The plural of the word is metropolises, although the Latin plural is metropoles, from the Greek metropoleis (μητρoπόλεις).
For urban centers outside metropolitan areas that generate a similar attraction at smaller scale for their region, the concept of the regiopolis (\"regio\" for short) was introduced by German academics in 2006.

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  • The term metropolis comes from two Greek words meter and polis, or "mother-city."

  • "If anything could spoil his temper, it is a day in what he calls the metropolis of Philistinism."

  • Vespasian marched against "Gadara," which he calls the metropolis of

  • A second and more artificial cause of the growth of a metropolis is the residence of a monarch, the expense of a luxurious court, and the tributes of dependent provinces.

  • Our town has less than 10k people, nearest metropolis is over 2 hours away.

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