Definitions for metropolitanˌmɛ trəˈpɒl ɪ tn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

met•ro•pol•i•tanˌmɛ trəˈpɒl ɪ tn(adj.)

  1. characteristic of a metropolis or its inhabitants, esp. in sophistication.

  2. of or pertaining to a large city and its surrounding communities:

    the New York metropolitan area.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. pertaining to or constituting a mother country.

  4. (n.)an inhabitant of a metropolis.

  5. a person who has the manners associated with metropolitans.

  6. the head of an ecclesiastical province in an Eastern Church.

    Category: Religion

  7. an archbishop in the Church of England.

    Category: Religion

  8. a Roman Catholic archbishop who has authority over one or more suffragan sees.

    Category: Religion

Origin of metropolitan:

1300–50; ME < LL mētropolītānus of, belonging to a metropolis < Gk mētropolit(ēs)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. metropolitan(noun)

    in the Eastern Orthodox Church this title is given to a position between bishop and patriarch; equivalent to archbishop in western Christianity

  2. metropolitan(adj)

    a person who lives in a metropolis

  3. metropolitan(adj)

    relating to or characteristic of a metropolis

    "metropolitan area"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. metropolitan(adjective)ˌmɛ trəˈpɒl ɪ tn

    relating to a city or city life

    a metropolitan community


  1. metropolitan(Noun)

    A bishop empowered to oversee other bishops; an archbishop.

  2. metropolitan(Noun)

    The inhabitant of a metropolis.

  3. metropolitan(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the see or province of a metropolitan.

  4. metropolitan(Adjective)

    Of, or pertaining to, a metropolis or other large urban settlement.

  5. Origin: From metropolitanus, from μητροπολίτης.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Metropolitan(adj)

    of or pertaining to the capital or principal city of a country; as, metropolitan luxury

  2. Metropolitan(adj)

    of, pertaining to, or designating, a metropolitan or the presiding bishop of a country or province, his office, or his dignity; as, metropolitan authority

  3. Metropolitan(noun)

    the superior or presiding bishop of a country or province

  4. Metropolitan(noun)

    an archbishop

  5. Metropolitan(noun)

    a bishop whose see is civil metropolis. His rank is intermediate between that of an archbishop and a patriarch


  1. Metropolitan

    Metropolitan is the debut film by director and screenwriter Whit Stillman. It received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'metropolitan' in Adjectives Frequency: #707

Translations for metropolitan

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of or in a capital city

the metropolitan area/police.

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