Meaning of metropolitan

met•ro•pol•i•tan

Pronunciation: (me"tru-pol'i-tn), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, noting, or characteristic of a metropolis or its inhabitants, esp. in culture, sophistication, or in accepting and combining a wide variety of people, ideas, etc.
  2. of or pertaining to a large city, its surrounding suburbs, and other neighboring communities: the New York metropolitan area.
  3. pertaining to or constituting a mother country.
  4. pertaining to an ecclesiastical metropolis.
—n.
  1. an inhabitant of a metropolis.
  2. a person who has the sophistication, fashionable taste, or other habits and manners associated with those who live in a metropolis.
  3. the head of an ecclesiastical province.
  4. an archbishop in the Church of England.
  5. an archbishop who has authority over one or more suffragan sees.
  6. (in ancient Greece) a citizen of the mother city or parent state of a colony.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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