Definitions

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

  • n. A very large city.
  • n. A region made up of several large cities and their surrounding areas in sufficient proximity to be considered a single urban complex.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large conurbation, where two or more large cities have sprawled outward to meet, forming something larger than a metropolis; a megacity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A chief city; a metropolis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chief city; a metropolis.

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

  • n. a very large urban complex (usually involving several cities and towns)

Etymologies

megalo- + Greek polis, city; see pelə-3 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From megalo- (“great”) + -polis (“city”). (Wiktionary)

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