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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The fortified height or citadel of an ancient Greek city.
  • n. A raised area holding a building or cluster of buildings, especially in a pre-Columbian city.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A promontory (usually fortified with a citadel) forming the hub of many Grecian cities, and around which many were built for defensive purposes before and during the classical period; compare Acropolis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The upper part, or the citadel, of a Grecian city; especially, the citadel of Athens.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The citadel of a Grecian city, usually the site of the original settlement, and situated on an eminence commanding the surrounding country.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the citadel in ancient Greek towns

Etymologies

Greek akropolis : akron, top; see acromegaly + polis, city.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀκρόπολις (akropolis), from ἄκρος (akros, "topmost”, “tip”, “summit") + πόλις (polis, "city"). (Wiktionary)

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