1. The mother city; the chief city of a kingdom, state, or country. "[Edinburgh] gray metropolis of the North." (Tennyson)

2. The seat, or see, of the metropolitan, or highest church dignitary. "The great metropolis and see of Rome." (Shak)

Origin: L. Metropolis, Gr, prop, the mother city (in relation to colonies); mother + city. See Mother, and Police.

(01 Mar 1998)