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cosmopolitan adj
1 growing or occurring in many parts of the world; "a cosmopolitan herb"; "cosmopolitan in distribution" [syn: widely distributed] [ant: endemic]
2 composed of people from or at home in many parts of the world; especially not provincial in attitudes or interests; "his cosmopolitan benevolence impartially extended to all races and to all creeds"- T.B. Macaulay; "the ancient and cosmopolitan societies of Syria and Egypt"; "that queer, cosmopolitan, rather sinister crowd found around the Marseilles docks" [ant: provincial]
3 of worldwide scope or applicability; "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience" [syn: ecumenical, oecumenical, general, universal, worldwide] n : a sophisticated person who has travelled in many countries [syn: cosmopolite]

User Contributed Dictionary



κόσμος (cosmos) meaning world, and πολις (polis) meaning city, people, citizenry.



  1. all-inclusive; affecting the whole world
  2. (of a place, or institution) composed of people from all over the world
  3. In the context of "of a person": at ease in any part of the world
  4. In the context of "of a plant etc.": growing in many parts of the world; widely distributed



  1. a cosmopolitan person; a cosmopolite
  2. a cocktail containing vodka, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice


  • Polish: kosmopolita
  • Portuguese: cosmopolita
  • Russian: космополит

Extensive Definition

Cosmopolitan may refer to:
Cosmopolite may also refer to:
  • World citizen, one who eschews traditional geopolitical divisions derived from national citizenship
  • Cosmopolite (butterfly), Vanessa cardui, also known as the "Painted Lady"
  • Kosmopoliet, launched in 1854, said to have been the first Dutch clipper

See also

cosmopolitan in Bulgarian: Космополитън
cosmopolitan in German: Cosmopolitan
cosmopolitan in French: Citoyen du monde
cosmopolitan in Japanese: コスモポリタン (曖昧さ回避)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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