What does acropolis mean?

Definitions for acropolis
əˈkrɒp ə lɪsacrop·o·lis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acropolis(noun)

    the citadel in ancient Greek towns


  1. Acropolis(ProperNoun)

    The Athenian Acropolis; compare acropolis.

  2. acropolis(Noun)

    A promontory (usually fortified with a citadel) forming the hub of many Grecian cities, and around which many were built for defensive purposes before and during the classical period; compare Acropolis.

  3. Origin: Ακρόπολις, from ἄκρος + πόλις

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acropolis(noun)

    the upper part, or the citadel, of a Grecian city; especially, the citadel of Athens

  2. Origin: [Gr. 'akro`polis; 'a`kros extreme + po`lis city.]


  1. Acropolis

    An acropolis is a settlement, especially a citadel, built upon an area of elevated ground—frequently a hill with precipitous sides, chosen for purposes of defense. In many parts of the world, acropoleis became the nuclei of large cities of classical antiquity, such as ancient Rome, which in more recent times grew up on the surrounding lower ground, such as modern Rome. The word acropolis literally in Greek means "city on the extremity" and though associated primarily with the Greek cities Athens, Argos, Thebes, and Corinth, may be applied generically to all such citadels, including Rome, Jerusalem, Celtic Bratislava, many in Asia Minor, or even Castle Rock in Edinburgh. An example in Ireland is the Rock of Cashel. Acropolis is also the term used by archaeologists and historians to the urban Castro culture settlements located in Northwestern Iberian hilltops. The most famous example is the Acropolis of Athens, which, by reason of its historical associations and the several famous buildings erected upon it, is known without qualification as the Acropolis. Although originating in the mainland of Greece, use of the acropolis model quickly spread to Greek colonies such as the Dorian Lato on Crete during the Archaic Period.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Acropolis

    a-kro′pol-is, n. a citadel, esp. that of Athens. [Gr. akropolisakros, the highest, polis, a city.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Acropolis

    From the Greek akros, highest, and polis, city. A citadel or fortress overlooking a city, as at Athens.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of acropolis in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of acropolis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of acropolis in a Sentence

  1. British Museum:

    From the entire frieze that survives today, 50 meters are in the Acropolis Museum, 80 meters in the British Museum, one block in the Louvre.

  2. Prokopis Pavlopoulos:

    Let the British Museum come here and make the comparison between this (Acropolis) museum of light and the murky, if I may say, prison of the British Museum where the Parthenon Marbles are held as trophies.

  3. Antonis Samaras:

    The last, until now, British doctrine that the Parthenon Marbles could not be moved is no longer valid -- as their other 'argument' for the lack of an appropriate space to house them collapsed with the opening of the Museum of Acropolis.

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