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

  • noun A cosmopolitan person.
  • noun Ecology An organism found in most parts of the world.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A citizen of the world; one who is cosmopolitan in his ideas or life.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa cardui, common to Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia.

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

  • See cosmopolitan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who is at home in every place; a citizen of the world; a cosmopolitan person.
  • noun US A painted lady (a butterfly of a certain species).
  • adjective obsolete cosmopolitan

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

  • noun a sophisticated person who has travelled in many countries


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

[Greek kosmopolītēs : kosmos, world + polītēs, citizen (from polis, city; see pelə- in Indo-European roots).]


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  • Generalization 5-14, however, refers to cosmopolite channel usage, rather than to cosmopolite behavior in general.

    Diffusion of Innovations Everett M. Rogers 1995

  • "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."

    The Message 1912

  • "He's what's called a cosmopolite," Isabel suggested.

    The Portrait of a Lady 1881

  • "He's what's called a cosmopolite," Isabel suggested.

    The Portrait of a Lady — Volume 1 Henry James 1879

  • 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.

    'The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1872-1876, Volume 1' 2009

  • 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.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah 2003

  • 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."

    The Tragic Muse Henry James 1879

  • To be denounced as a rootless cosmopolite in the very home of another notorious rootless cosmopolite carries its additional sting:

    Archive 2009-06-01 2009

  • I have at long last been exposed as a "rootless cosmopolite."

    Archive 2009-06-01 2009

  • 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.

    Off the Beaten Track Richard Nalley 2010


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