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



    BrE BrE//ˌmetrəˈpɒlɪtən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmetrəˈpɑːlɪtən//
    [only before noun] House location
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  1. 1(also North American English, informal metro) connected with a large or capital city the New York metropolitan area metropolitan districts/regions Wordfinderamenity, city, ghetto, high-rise, metropolitan, population, slum, suburb, town, urban See related entries: House location
  2. 2connected with a particular country rather than with the other regions of the world that the country controls metropolitan France/Spain See related entries: House location
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the ecclesiastical sense): from late Latin metropolitanus, from Greek mētropolitēs ‘citizen of a mother state’, from mētropolis ‘mother state’, from mētēr, mētr- ‘mother’ + polis ‘city’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: metropolitan