(noun, adjective)


1. growing or occurring in many parts of the world

- a cosmopolitan herb

- cosmopolitan in distribution

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

- the ancient and cosmopolitan societies of Syria and Egypt

- that queer, cosmopolitan, rather sinister crowd found around the Marseilles docks

Similar word(s): traveled, travelled

3. of worldwide scope or applicability

- an issue of cosmopolitan import

Similar word(s): comprehensive, ecumenical, general, oecumenical, universal, worldwide


1. a sophisticated person who has travelled in many countries

Similar word(s): cosmopolite

Definition categories: person, sophisticate