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cosmopolite

[koz-mop-uh-lahyt] /kɒzˈmɒp əˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a person who is cosmopolitan in his or her ideas, life, etc.; citizen of the world.
2.
an animal or plant of worldwide distribution.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Greek kosmopolī́tēs citizen of the world, equivalent to kosmo- cosmo- + polī́tēs citizen (pól(is) a city, state + -ītēs -ite1)
Related forms
cosmopolitism, noun
noncosmopolite, noun
noncosmopolitism, noun
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  • He fancied himself as a bit polished, a cosmopolite who happened to be stranded in a backwoods village.
British Dictionary definitions for cosmopolite

cosmopolite

/kɒzˈmɒpəˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a less common word for cosmopolitan (sense 1)
2.
an animal or plant that occurs in most parts of the world
Derived Forms
cosmopolitism, noun
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Word Origin and History for cosmopolite
n.

late 16c., "man of the world; citizen of the world," from Greek kosmopolites "citizen of the world," from kosmos "world" (see cosmos) + polites "citizen" (see politic). In common use 17c. in a neutral sense; it faded out in 18c. but was revived from c.1800 with a tinge of reproachfulness (opposed to patriot).

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