Me*trop"o*lis (?), n. [L. metropolis, Gr. , prop., the mother city (in relation to colonies); mother + city. See Mother, and Police.]
The mother city; the chief city of a kingdom, state, or country.
[Edinburgh] gray metropolis of the North.
The seat, or see, of the metropolitan, or highest church dignitary.
The great metropolis and see of Rome.
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