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[koz-muh-pol-i-tn] /ˌkɒz məˈpɒl ɪ tn/
free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments; at home all over the world.
of or characteristic of a cosmopolite.
belonging to all the world; not limited to just one part of the world.
Botany, Zoology. widely distributed over the globe.
a person who is free from local, provincial, or national bias or attachment; citizen of the world; cosmopolite.
a cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, an orange-flavored liqueur, and lime juice.
1835-45; cosmopolite + -an
Related forms
cosmopolitanism, noun
cosmopolitanly, adverb
noncosmopolitan, adjective, noun
noncosmopolitanism, noun
uncosmopolitan, adjective
1. sophisticated, urbane, worldly.
1. provincial, parochial. Unabridged
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  • There is in it the breath of foreign parts, the sense of cosmopolitanism, breezy knowledge of the world.
  • But there is cosmopolitanism and then there is cosmopolitanism.
  • Security, however, has come at the expense of cosmopolitanism.
  • The mark of advancing civilization is increasing cosmopolitanism and decreasing tribalism.
British Dictionary definitions for cosmopolitanism


a person who has lived and travelled in many countries, esp one who is free of national prejudices
having interest in or familiar with many parts of the world
sophisticated or urbane
composed of people or elements from all parts of the world or from many different spheres
(of plants or animals) widely distributed
Derived Forms
cosmopolitanism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, ultimately from Greek kosmopolitēs, from kosmo-cosmo- + politēs citizen
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Word Origin and History for cosmopolitanism



1844, from cosmopolite "citizen of the world" (q.v.) on model of metropolitan. The U.S. women's magazine of the same name was first published in 1886. Cosmopolitanism first recorded 1828.

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cosmopolitanism in Medicine

cosmopolitan cos·mo·pol·i·tan (kŏz'mə-pŏl'ĭ-tn)
Growing or occurring in many parts of the world; widely distributed. n.
A cosmopolitan organism.

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Encyclopedia Article for cosmopolitanism

in Stoic philosophy, position taken by the Stoics against the traditional (Greek) distinction between Greeks and barbarians, made by applying to themselves the term cosmopolitans, thereby implying that their polis, or city-state, was the entire cosmos, or the whole world. Alexander the Great discouraged this distinction by allowing his generals to marry women native to the lands that they had conquered, but his policy met with resistance in the field and shock at home. The Stoics (from the 4th-3rd century BC) broke through the Greek assumption of their own racial and linguistic superiority and considered the new cosmopolitanism on a philosophical basis

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