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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the citadel in ancient Greek towns

Etymologies

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

[Greek akropolis : akron, top; see acromegaly + polis, city; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Ancient Greek ἀκρόπολις (akropolis), from ἄκρος (akros, "topmost”, “tip”, “summit") + πόλις (polis, "city").

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