Pronunciation: (mi-trop'u-lis), [key]
1. any large, busy city.
2. the chief, and sometimes capital, city of a country, state, or region.
3. a central or principal place, as of some activity: the music metropolis of France.
4. the mother city or parent state of a colony, esp. of an ancient Greek colony.
5. the chief see of an ecclesiastical province.
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