April 27, 2011
cosmopolitan (adjective)
\kahz-muh-PAH-luh-tun\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : having a worldwide scope or outlook : not narrow2 : composed of persons or elements from many parts of the world3 : found in most parts of the world and in many ecological conditions
How do you use it?
In cosmopolitan cities such as New York, Paris, and London, you can find great restaurants serving delicious foods from cultures around the world.
Are you a word wiz?

"Cosmopolitan" developed from two Greek terms, "kosmos" and "polites." Based on what you know about the meaning of "cosmopolitan," what do you think those Greek root words mean?

If it's Greek to you, we'll tell you the right answer: it's A! Someone who is "cosmopolitan" seems to be a true citizen of the world, an individual who is equally comfortable in any country or city. The word "cosmopolitan" is just about perfect for describing such a person, because it comes from the Greek words "kosmos" (meaning "universe" or "ornament") and "polites" (meaning "citizen"); someone who is cosmopolitan is literally a world citizen. Those two Greek roots have given English many other broad-ranging terms too, including "cosmos" (another word for "universe") and "politic" (a synonym of "political").
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