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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.
Origin of cosmopolitan
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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Examples from the web for cosmopolitan
  • It relied heavily on credit and foreign investment in its drive to turn itself into a cosmopolitan center.
  • She could see herself working in one of the great cosmopolitan capitals.
  • Compared to a decade ago many of them seem almost cosmopolitan.
  • Its capital is now a cosmopolitan city wrapped in a beautiful, ornate coat of history.
  • He was cosmopolitan, and a member of a new aristocracy.
  • The global elite are a cosmopolitan bunch, yet they are far from rootless.
  • No dynasty had been so cosmopolitan and outward-looking.
  • The world of manufacturing industry is much more utilitarian, libertarian, cosmopolitan and multinational than you think.
  • The cosmopolitan nature of modern science could hardly be better illustrated than by the careers of some of the participants.
  • Our national vernacular is filled with antiblack euphemisms, but cosmopolitan isn't one of them.
British Dictionary definitions for cosmopolitan


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 cosmopolitan

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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cosmopolitan 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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