Metropolis etymology


English word metropolis comes from Ancient Greek (to 1453) μήτηρ, Ancient Greek (to 1453) πόλις

Etymology of metropolis

Detailed word origin of metropolis

Dictionary entry Language Definition
μήτηρ Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
πόλις Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
μητρο- Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
μητρόπολις Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
metropolis Late Latin (LL)
metropolis English (en) (canon law) The see of a metropolitan archbishop, ranking above its suffragan diocesan bishops.. (history) The mother (founding) polis (city state) of a colony, especially in the Hellenistic world.. A large, busy city, especially as the main city in an area or country or as distinguished from surrounding rural areas.. The mother country of a colony.

Words with the same origin as metropolis

Descendants of μήτηρ

metro metropolitan

Descendants of πόλις

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