What does metropolitan mean?

Definitions for metropolitan
ˌmɛ trəˈpɒl ɪ tnmet·ro·pol·i·tan

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. metropolitannoun

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

  2. metropolitanadjective

    a person who lives in a metropolis

  3. metropolitanadjective

    relating to or characteristic of a metropolis

    "metropolitan area"


  1. metropolitannoun

    A bishop empowered to oversee other bishops; an archbishop.

  2. metropolitannoun

    The inhabitant of a metropolis.

  3. metropolitanadjective

    Pertaining to the see or province of a metropolitan.

  4. metropolitanadjective

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

  5. Etymology: From metropolitanus, from μητροπολίτης.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Metropolitanadjective

    Belonging to a metropolis.

    Their patriarch, of a covetous desire to enrich himself, had forborn to institute metropolitan bishops. Walter Raleigh.

  2. Metropolitannoun

    A bishop of the mother church; an archbishop.

    Etymology: metropolitanus, Latin.

    He was promoted to Canterbury upon the death of Dr. Bancroft, that metropolitan, who understood the church excellently, and countenanced men of the greatest parts in learning. Edward Hyde.


  1. metropolitan

    Metropolitan refers to a large city, its surrounding suburbs, and other neighboring urban communities which have a high population density, developed infrastructure, and numerous economic, social, and cultural activities. This term is often used to describe a major city that significantly influences the regions or areas around it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Metropolitanadjective

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

  2. Metropolitanadjective

    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. Metropolitannoun

    the superior or presiding bishop of a country or province

  4. Metropolitannoun

    an archbishop

  5. Metropolitannoun

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

  6. Etymology: [LL. metropolitanus.]


  1. Metropolitan

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

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of metropolitan in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of metropolitan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of metropolitan in a Sentence

  1. Mark Rowley:

    In London specifically, the Metropolitan Police Service has mobilised additional officers, who will carry out highly visible patrols at key locations around the capital including the transport network, we are in close liaison with the Belgium authorities and will continue to monitor the situation.

  2. Officer Michael Fanone:

    I was very cordial. I extended my hand to shake his hand. He just stared at me. I asked if he was going to shake my hand, and he told me that he didn't who know I was. So I introduced Officer Michael Fanone. I said that I was Officer Michael Fanone. That I was a DC Metropolitan Police officer who fought on January 6 to defend the Capitol and, as a result, I suffered a traumatic brain injury as well as a heart attack after having been tased numerous times at the base of my skull, as well as being severely beaten, at that point, the congressman turned away from me.

  3. Robert Schiller:

    The vast majority of jobs in metropolitan and suburban settings that care for patients with commercial insurance will limit a family physician’s scope of practice in order to meet the productivity and financial goals of the practice, these practices require high volume with shorter, less comprehensive visits.

  4. Holly Irwin:

    Greenstone Management Partners is going to make millions at the expense of what Greenstone Management Partners’s going to do to our communities in the future and the precedence it’s going to set, we are in the midst of an extreme drought, our communities need Colorado River water. At some point, the state has a responsibility to protect the people that are here and to protect Colorado River water and not cater to those that are buying property for the water rights to make millions off of Colorado River water to benefit metropolitan areas.

  5. Ali Nasoor -LRB- @ali_kagawa -RRB-:

    This image portrays how an African city like Dar es Salaam is evolving to become a metropolitan city hand-in-hand with economical and sociological progress towards a new urban Tanzania.

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