Definition of cosmopolitan adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒzməˈpɒlɪtən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːzməˈpɑːlɪtən//
    (approving) House location
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  1. 1containing people of different types or from different countries, and influenced by their culture a cosmopolitan city/resort The club has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Jamaica is a very cosmopolitan island. See related entries: House location
  2. 2having or showing a wide experience of people and things from many different countries people with a truly cosmopolitan outlook cosmopolitan young people
  3. 3(of a plant or animal) found all over the world Sea urchins, like bivalve molluscs, are cosmopolitan in their distribution.
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent. (as a noun): from cosmopolite ‘ a cosmopolitan person’ + -an.Extra examples She liked the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city. Young people today are much more cosmopolitan. a cosmopolitan Mediterranean port
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