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acropolis

[uh-krop-uh-lis] /əˈkrɒp ə lɪs/
noun
1.
the citadel or high fortified area of an ancient Greek city.
2.
the Acropolis, the citadel of Athens and the site of the Parthenon.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Greek akrópolis. See acro-, -polis
Related forms
acropolitan
[ak-ruh-pol-i-tn] /ˌæk rəˈpɒl ɪ tn/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • The ancient site of the city is centred on the rocky hill of the acropolis.
British Dictionary definitions for acropolis

acropolis

/əˈkrɒpəlɪs/
noun
1.
the citadel of an ancient Greek city
Word Origin
C17: from Greek, from acro- + polis city

Acropolis

/əˈkrɒpəlɪs/
noun
1.
the citadel of Athens on which the Parthenon and the Erechtheum stand
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Word Origin and History for acropolis
n.

1660s, from Greek akropolis "citadel" (especially that of Athens), from akros "highest, upper" (see acrid) + polis "city" (see polis).

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acropolis in Culture
Acropolis [(uh-krop-uh-lis)]

The fortified high point of ancient Athens. Once the center of Athenian life, the Acropolis is now the site of famous ruins, including the Parthenon. In Greek, the word means “high” (acro) “city” (polis).

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