Definitions

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

  • noun A city-state of ancient Greece.

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  • noun A city, or a city-state.
  • noun uncountable, Geordie The police.
  • noun countable, Geordie A policeman or policewoman.

Etymologies

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

[Greek; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Standard English police, compare Scots polis.

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From Ancient Greek πόλις (pólis, "city state").

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