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Definition of Metropolis

(noun) A large city, including exurbs and suburbs, that has distinct administrative and cultural districts.

Examples of Metropolis

  • Chicago, United States
  • Paris, France
  • Sydney, Australia

Metropolis Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: me·trop·o·lis

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /muh-trAHp-uh-luhs/
  • British English – /mi-trOp-uh-lis/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /məˈtrɑp(ə)ləs/
  • British English – /mᵻˈtrɒpəlɪs/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: metropolises
  • Also called metropole.
  • Residents of a metropolis are (noun) metropolitans and live in a (adjective) metropolitan area.

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Works Consulted

Ferris, Kerry, and Jill Stein. 2010. The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology. 2nd ed. New York: Norton.

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

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Cite the Definition of Metropolis

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “metropolis.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 24, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/metropolis/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

metropolis. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/metropolis/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “metropolis.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 24, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/metropolis/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“metropolis.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/metropolis/>.