Meaning of polis

po•lis

Pronunciation: (pō'lis), [key]
— pl. -leis
  1. an ancient Greek city-state.

-polis

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form, meaning “city,” appearing in loanwords from Greek (metropolis), and used in the formation of placenames (Annapolis).
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