Adjective "cosmopolitan" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Including people from many different countries.
  1. 'Special attention is give to tensions that run through many of the other chapters, between traditional and modern worlds, elite and mass culture, things cosmopolitan and things French.'
  2. 'Some of the social practices, that were once part of the proud ancient lifestyle, were now slowly giving way to modern cosmopolitan culture.'
  3. 'Chicago also offers the culture and excitement of cosmopolitan metros.'
  4. 'While such a history had horrific implications for the resident population, the long-term impact was a cosmopolitan court culture reacting to influences from all directions.'
  5. 'In the clapboard houses on the tree-lined sidewalks of this cosmopolitan borough, known for its rich culture and vibrant ethnic mix, many would still have been in bed when the peace was shattered forever.'
  6. 'The latter has been exceptional in midfield, fitting into a cosmopolitan midfield with an ease that has defied his tender years.'
  7. 'I love big cities and the rootless cosmopolitan culture that comes with them.'
  8. 'It claims to be a cosmopolitan town with 150 different nationalities and countless parks.'
  9. '‘Bradford is a cosmopolitan city and anything that helps the different constituent parts to better understand each other should be welcomed,’ he said.'
  10. 'London is a cosmopolitan city with a multitude of cultures stemming from its multiracial population.'
  11. 'his knowledge of French, Italian, and Spanish made him genuinely cosmopolitan'
  12. 'In all of this there was not the slightest trace of cosmopolitan openness or tolerance of other cultures.'
  13. 'Rather, what I want to do is to develop an account of the cosmopolitan respect for differences and to explore what that respect requires when we are engaged in moral debate across the boundaries between nations.'
  14. 'With roots in the eighteenth-century tradition of cosmopolitan rationalism, they enshrine an approach to human affairs which prizes discussion, informed opinion and moral decency.'
  15. 'The environment in which it operates is so different, we're much more cosmopolitan and sophisticated.'
  16. 'He has had a cosmopolitan existence and learned early on how to negotiate different cultures.'
  17. 'It must have been a daunting task to write the life of this cosmopolitan figure, using documents scattered in several different countries and written in as many languages.'
  18. 'But, more seriously, his cosmopolitan upbringing - born in Malta, brought up in Elgin, Berkshire and Hong Kong - has prepared him well for life on the road.'
  19. '‘Ours is a cosmopolitan culture; like an ocean, anything which falls into it melts and becomes a part of it,’ he explains.'
  20. 'Yes, this Croatia-born Norwegian psychotherapist and practitioner of alternate medicine is a cosmopolitan citizen in the true sense of the term.'
  21. 'But these pretty guys are much more cosmopolitan than just being Aussies, and they don't just speak with Australian accents, however it may sound to the undiscerning ear.'
  22. 'The career of Bernardo Bellotto argues for a more cosmopolitan image and the abiding strength of Italian centres of culture.'
  23. 'It would show how the cosmopolitan culture of the city led to creation of some of the finest works of art there.'
  24. 'Shuffling among three or four different cultures, they had a cosmopolitan flair and range that put the parochialism of the British to shame.'
  25. 'Instead of passing off urban provincialism as cosmopolitan chic, or rural provincialism as ancient culture, let's have a hard look at what we have to sell.'
  26. 'The tour begins and ends in Addis Ababa with its thriving culture, ancient churches, cosmopolitan eateries and outdoor markets.'
  27. 'Unfortunately, with more and more people moving into apartment blocks and embracing a fast-track cosmopolitan life, this practice is slowly being pushed into oblivion.'
  28. 'Any hint or vestige of western culture, or perhaps it should be called ‘global cosmopolitan culture,’ was taboo.'
  29. 'Though Ritu may be tracing the path back to the popular ‘hippy’ culture, the look is more cosmopolitan, she says.'
  30. 'It's almost as though we're seeing a mix of cinematic cultures to mirror the cosmopolitan nature of New York.'
  31. 'He overcame the culture shock from the cosmopolitan, colourful world he saw there, and stayed for six years.'
(of a plant or animal) found all over the world.
  1. 'Despite their overall abundance and cosmopolitan distribution, the Tardigrada have been relatively neglected by invertebrate zoologists.'
  2. 'Cottonwoods are a cosmopolitan tree, often overlooked in the wooded eastern states before growing dominant in the open country west of the 100th Meridian.'
  3. 'It is a small, cosmopolitan, and prudent animal.'
  4. 'The success of this cosmopolitan mollusk has much to do with its prowess as a swash rider.'
  5. 'One group, the cosmopolitan or ecologically generalist species, includes 10-12 species.'
  6. 'The nodosaur is very similar to species known from Wyoming and Kansas, which supports the idea that dinosaurs on the west coast were part of a cosmopolitan fauna rather than a unique regional group.'
  7. 'D. simulans is a cosmopolitan species largely commensal with humans, while D. mauritiana is restricted to the island of Mauritius.'
  8. 'Only the cosmopolitan syrphid fly Eristalis tenax was captured on two occasions carrying the four pollinia attached to the mouthparts.'
  9. 'Tenebrio molitor, or yellow mealworm beetle, is a cosmopolitan pest of stored grains that can be easily reared in the laboratory.'
  10. 'Sea urchins, like bivalve molluscs, are cosmopolitan in their distribution.'


A cosmopolitan person.
  1. 'Yet what is particularly odd about his writing is that, at the turn of the 21st century, he identifies with those orphaned cosmopolitans retrospectively.'
  2. 'But he insists on painting a picture with the same old hackneyed images and rancid cliches about salt-of-the-earth heartlanders and morally vacant or cowardly coastal cosmopolitans.'
  3. 'The extent of the realignment is shown by the shift in voting behaviour on the part of cosmopolitans and populists…'
  4. 'Its elites have become liberal multicultural cosmopolitans.'
  5. 'He is the classic rootless cosmopolitan.'
  6. 'It is easy to be a liberal cosmopolitan in Paris or New York.'
  7. 'Unfortunately, the pamphlet calling for said progressive nationalism only expresses the isolation that the cosmopolitans feel from the rest of society, without really explaining how it could be overcome.'
  8. 'When I say we were all cosmopolitans, I'm not thinking of forced emigration, the theme of so much of our cultural pathos.'
  9. 'It is one of those books that holds up a mirror to the English, written by a cosmopolitan with sufficient detachment and a good literary style, which is needed - because we change quite quickly nowadays.'
  10. 'Many critics who introduce these reasons are themselves moderate cosmopolitans, wishing to demonstrate that there are special obligations to fellow-citizens in addition to general duties to the community of all human beings.'
A plant or animal found all over the world.
  1. 'Hallam plotted the number of European Jurassic bivalve species against their estimated stratigraphic range without distinguishing between endemics and cosmopolitans.'
  2. 'Similarly, when calculating extinction rates we distinguished between extinction of endemics, local extinction of cosmopolitans, and global extinction of cosmopolitans.'
  3. 'This is in accordance with many previous studies, which have noted that endemics tend to be more susceptible to extinction than cosmopolitans.'
A cocktail made with Cointreau, lemon vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice.
  1. 'They mix a selection of Martinis and cosmopolitans while the choice of cognacs and scotch is one of the best in town.'
  2. 'Among those socialising around the club, and enjoying cosmopolitans, included stylists, a model, and a publisher.'
  3. 'Reduce your nightly intake of cosmopolitans to one from three.'
  4. 'It's the place where I learned how to make and drink cosmopolitans, mojitos, and Martinis.'
  5. 'The music was pumping, the troopers were still partying from the day/night before and we, somewhat foolishly, ordered multiple cosmopolitans… which were served, of course, in the largest martini glasses known to mankind.'
  6. 'There's so much drama in the complex, and one night we were sitting around with cosmopolitans in our hands and decided to make a show based on the people we love and hate in the building.'
  7. 'Grab a cosmopolitan, put on a swingy kind of skirt, and dance.'
  8. 'Later on it fills up with a less work-focused crowd who like fine cosmopolitans poured by attentive staff, and late-night boogying to the live bands.'
  9. 'You're dying to share some cosmopolitans with him.'
  10. 'You can just sit here all night and order cosmopolitans.'


1. free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments; at home all over the world.

2. of or characteristic of a cosmopolite.

3. belonging to all the world; not limited to just one part of the world.

4. Botany, Zoology. widely distributed over the globe. noun

5. a person who is free from local, provincial, or national bias or attachment; citizen of the world; cosmopolite.

6. a cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, an orange-flavored liqueur, and

More examples(as adjective)

"lefts can be cosmopolitan in outlooks."

"lefts can be cosmopolitan in concerns."

"cities can be cosmopolitan."

"magazines can be cosmopolitan."

"people can be cosmopolitan."

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Mid 17th century (as a noun): from cosmopolite + -an.