from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cosmopolitan person: a true cosmopolite—a Renaissance man.
- n. Ecology An organism found in most parts of the world.
- n. See painted lady.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who is at home in every place; a citizen of the world; a cosmopolitan person.
- n. A painted lady (a butterfly of a certain species).
- adj. cosmopolitan
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- See cosmopolitan.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A citizen of the world; one who is cosmopolitan in his ideas or life.
- n. An animal or a plant existing in many or most parts of the world, or having a wide range of existence or migration.
- Universal; world-wide; cosmopolitan.
- n. A nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa cardui, common to Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sophisticated person who has travelled in many countries
Generalization 5-14, however, refers to cosmopolite channel usage, rather than to cosmopolite behavior in general.
"Cosmopolitanism is nonsense; the cosmopolite is a cipher, worse than a cipher; outside of nationality there is neither art, nor truth, nor life; there is nothing."
"He's what's called a cosmopolite," Isabel suggested.
Hawthorne posed the problem of being an artist in America most sharply because he was not a "cosmopolite" man of letters but intensely and exclusively a writer of fiction, which was what James felt he must make of himself.
Maskat of Afghan parents, and brought up at Meccah, he was a kind of cosmopolite, speaking five languages fluently, and full of reminiscences of toil and travel.
Sherringham winced at being dubbed a "cosmopolite" by his young entertainer, just as he had winced a moment before at hearing himself lumped in esoteric knowledge with Dashwood and Gabriel Nash; but the former of these gentlemen took no account of his sensibility while he enumerated a few of the elements of the "basic."
To be denounced as a rootless cosmopolite in the very home of another notorious rootless cosmopolite carries its additional sting:
I have at long last been exposed as a "rootless cosmopolite."
Harvard-educated Internet entrepreneur and cosmopolite Alex Vik and his wife, Carrie, set out to conjure up a comprehensive personal vision here that involves ranch life, sports, and luxury; a genuine sense of place; and a reach for something universal.
Nixon barely could, but Nixon was a dazzling cosmopolite next to Reagan.