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  • n. A metropolis; the main city of a country or area.
  • n. The parent-state of a colony.
  • n. A bishop's see.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A metropolis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A metropolis.


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From French metropole ‘town with bishop's seat’, from classical Latin mētropolis.


  • Post-colonial theorists have worked hard to show this wasn’t true — that the colonies did influence what they call the metropole, or Britain.

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  • "Although the list is not yet completed, we have already nominated and accepted the mayoral candidate for the metropole, which is myself."

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  • Before they built that Big Wall, when you had to drive your post-suburban vehicle forty-five minutes to welcome women and gays and everybody in the metropole who knew how to get to the Home Depot.

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  • One result of this grand, narcissistic vision was the eradication of the first Americans; another was the eventual shifting of the North Atlantic imperial metropole from London to the Boston-Washington corridor.

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  • The Burgers 'growing livestock wealth and expanding land claims, ever further from the center of colonial authority, were accompanied by increasing displays of domestic niceties associated with social status in the metropole and in the colonial heart of Cape Town. 24

    Belongings: Property, Family, and Identity in Colonial South Africa

  • Camorr feels dense, smelly, busy, corrupted, but what is most important: never unrealistic and always shifting, just like a real metropole should be.

    Scott Lynch - The Lies of Locke Lamora (Book Review)

  • Because they constitute most other virtual worlds, maybe on a metropole-periphery model, even.

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  • When the KMT became concerned their metropole was becoming too cosmopolitan, they would turn on the traditional to keep it in check.

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  • The Algerians ­argue with France over the status and interests of their large diaspora in the old metropole, reminders of an ancient dream called Afrique française.

    Casablanca Revisited

  • For one of these reasons or the other, and sometimes because of a combination of the two, the ability of the metropole to rule its colonies could not last forever.

    The Great Experiment


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