the citadel or high fortified area of an ancient Greek city.
the Acropolis, the citadel of Athens and the site of the Parthenon.

1655–65; < Greek akrópolis. See acro-, -polis

acropolitan [ak-ruh-pol-i-tn] , adjective Unabridged
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acropolis (əˈkrɒpəlɪs)
the citadel of an ancient Greek city
[C17: from Greek, from acro- + polis city]

Acropolis (əˈkrɒpəlɪs)
the citadel of Athens on which the Parthenon and the Erechtheum stand

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1660s, from Gk. akropolis "citadel" (especially that of Athens), from akros "highest, upper" (see acrid) + polis "city" (see policy (1)).
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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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