Definitions

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

  • n. A city-state of ancient Greece.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A city, or a city-state.
  • n. The police.
  • n. A policeman or policewoman.

Etymologies

Greek; see pelə-3 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek πόλις (pólis, "city state"). (Wiktionary)
From Standard English police, compare Scots polis. (Wiktionary)

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