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Definitions of metropolitan

  1. in the Eastern Orthodox Church this title is given to a position between bishop and patriarch; equivalent to archbishop in western Christianity Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. The superior or presiding bishop of a country or province. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. An archbishop. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A bishop whose see is civil metropolis. His rank is intermediate between that of an archbishop and a patriarch. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The presiding bishop of a country or province; an archbishop. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. (orig.) The bishop of a metropolis or chief city: the bishop who presides over the other bishops of a province. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. The bishop of a metropolis; the bishop who presides over the other bishops of a province. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. The bishop of the mother church-that is, the church from which others have branched off; an archbishop. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. relating to or characteristic of a metropolis; "metropolitan area" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Of or pertaining to the capital or principal city of a country; as, metropolitan luxury. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Of, pertaining to, or designating, a metropolitan or the presiding bishop of a country or province, his office, or his dignity; as, metropolitan authority. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Pertaining to the chief city or capital of a kingdom, country, or state. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Belonging to a metropolis or an archbishopric. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for metropolitan

  1. It is the picture in the Metropolitan Museum that is bound to attract attention, as it is a technical triumph; but it is not very characteristic. – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker
  2. It was also regulated that matrimonial and other ecclesiastical causes, whether in Russia proper or in the kingdom of Poland, should, on appeal from a sentence pronounced by the ordinary, be heard before the tribunal of the metropolitan or before the more neighboring bishop, in case of judgment having been first given by the metropolitan – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson
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