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From Middle French metropole (town with bishop's seat), from Latin mētropolis.

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metropole (plural metropoles)

  1. A metropolis; the main city of a country or area. [from 15th c.]
  2. The parent-state of a colony. [from 19th c.]
    • 2007, Bruce Ackerman, ‘Meritocracy v. Democracy’, London Review of Books 29:5, p. 9:
      Though the metropole remained confident in its Westminster ways, its newly independent colonies imposed constitutional constraints on the powers of parliament.
    • 2007, John Darwin, After Tamerlane, Penguin 2008, p. 63:
      As Europe's population growth and commercial activity slowed down after 1620, its thirst for Spanish-American silver slackened: metropole and colony were drifting apart.
  3. (now rare) A bishop's see. [from 19th c.]

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mētropole

  1. ablative singular of mētropolis