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polis

[poh-lis] /ˈpoʊ lɪs/
noun, plural poleis
[poh-lahys] /ˈpoʊ laɪs/ (Show IPA)
1.
an ancient Greek city-state.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < Greek pólis, plural (Ionic) póleis
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British Dictionary definitions for poleis

poleis

/ˈpɒlaɪs/
noun
1.
the plural of polis1

polis1

/ˈpɒlɪs/
noun (pl) poleis (ˈpɒlaɪs)
1.
an ancient Greek city-state
Word Origin
from Greek: city

polis2

/ˈpolɪs/
noun
1.
(Scot & Irish) the police or a police officer
Word Origin
C19: a variant pronunciation of police
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Word Origin and History for poleis

polis

n.

"ancient Greek city-state," 1894, from Greek polis "city, one's city; the state, citizens," from PIE *pele- "citadel, enclosed space, often on high ground" (cf. Sanskrit pur, puram "city, citadel," Lithuanian pilis "fortress").

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