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Definition of the noun acropolis

What does acropolis mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: acropolises

  1. the citadel in ancient Greek towns
    • example: The Acropolis' staircase had 60 steps.
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: bastion / citadel = a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle

Alternative definition of the noun acropolis


  1. A promontory (usually fortified with a citadel) forming the hub of many Grecian cities, and around which many were built for defensive purposes before and during the classical period; compare [term, Acropolis, lang=en].


  1. Acropolis: An acropolis is a settlement, especially a citadel, built upon an area of elevated ground—frequently a hill with precipitous sides, chosen for purposes of defense. In many parts of the world, acropoleis became the nuclei of large cities of classical antiquity, such as ancient Rome, which in more recent times grew up on the surrounding lower ground, such as modern Rome.
    • also known as 衛城
  2. Acropolis a.k.a. Acropolis, Athens: Acropolis is a neighborhood of Athens, near the ancient monument of Acropolis, along the Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This neighborhood has a significant number of tourists all year round. It is the site of the Museum of Acropolis, opened in 2009.
  3. Acropolis is a 13 storey building in Chennai housing ITES companies.

There are other places with in their name, like Acropolis Museum, Acropolis of Athens, Acropolis of Lindos, Acropolis of Rhodes.


  1. Acropolis is a production designer.
    • also known as अक्रोपोलिस
    • nomination: - nominated to Zee Cine Award for Best Production Design - "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag", with Sumit Basu
    • official website:
  2. Acropolis is a film art director.
    • profession: Film art director


Acropolis is an extreme power metal band originating from Tel Aviv, Israel.


Acropolis is a fictional character from When's Your Birthday?.


  1. "Acropolis" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  2. "Acropolis" is a cataloged instance, composition.


"Acropolis" is a book by Rosa Chacel.


"Acropolis" is a video game.

  • genre: Strategy video game
  • released on (13 years ago)


"Acropolis" is an artwork by Yannis Stavrou.


Acropolis a.k.a. Fortification: Fortifications are military constructions or buildings designed for the defense of territories in warfare, and also used to solidify rule in a region during peace time. Humans have constructed defensive works for many thousands of years, in a variety of increasingly complex designs. The term is derived from the Latin fortis and facere.

  • also known as Fort

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acropolis

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Google previewAtlas of Cities (2014)

by Paul Knox

acropolis: from the Greek meaning “highest city,” an acropolis is a fortified citadel built on a hill which was a central feature of...

Google previewThe Annual of the British School at Athens (1903)

The Acropolis is the steep rock that overhangs Pigadhia to the east. On its seaward side there is a fine piece of ashlar wall in regular courses built on the edge of the cliff. The great sandstone blocks mentioned by Ross are still on the east ...

Google previewEpistemics and Economics (1992)

by G. L. S. Shackle

The acropolis is a narrow space .

Google previewWestern Civilization, Ideas, Politics, and Society, Comprehensive Edition (2016)

by CTI Reviews

An acropolis is a settlement, especially a citadel, built upon an area of elevated groundfrequently a hill with precipitous sides, chosen for purposes of defense. In many parts of the world, acropoleis became the nuclei of large cities of classical ...

Google previewA Smaller History of Greece (1888)

From the Earliest Times to the Roman Conquest by Sir William Smith

Immediately west ofthe Acropolis is a second hillof irregular form, the AREOPAGUS. Tothe southwest thererises a thirdhill,the PNYX, onwhichthe assembliesof the citizenswere held; and to thesouth of thelatter is a fourth hill, known as the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Urban Studies (2009)

by Ray Hutchison

The term acropolis (Greek for “high city”) denotes the hilltop citadel that dominated the topography of many ancient Greek cities. Thanks to the frequency of rugged landscapes, cities in the ancient Greek world, from Sicily to the Black Sea, often ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Architecture (2008)

by Allison Lee Palmer

ACROPOLIS, ATHENS. The city of Athens was home to some of the most aesthetically sophisticated architecture of the ancient world. In particular, the Acropolis, a sanctuary of religious structures, has been extensively excavated to reveal the ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Greece (1995)

by Thanos Veremēs, Markos Dragoumēs

ACROPOLIS. A steep rock 156 meters high, 320 meters long and 140 meters wide dominating Athens, was used from early times as a sanctuary and a refuge for the inhabitants of the surrounding Attica plain. Because of its uninterrupted ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Architecture and Archaeology of the Middle Ages (1838)

Including Words Used by Ancient and Modern Authors in Treating of Architectural and Other Antiquities ... Also, Biographical Notices of Ancient Architects by John Britton, George Godwin

ACROPOLIS. From axjoj, Gr. the top or summit, and «X;j, a city. The fortress or citadel of a Greek city was so denominated because placed on elevated ground. It generally contained the temple of the protecting divinity ; as at Athens, where the ...

Google previewCapital Cities around the World: An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture (2013)

An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture by Roman Adrian Cybriwsky

Under the expertise of sculptor Phidias and architects Ictinus and Callicrates, the Acropolis and many temples were built in Athens during this period, including the landmark Parthenon. The Peloponnesian War of 431–404 BC between Athens ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Architectural and Engineering Feats (2001)

by Donald Langmead, Christine Garnaut

The Acropolis Acropolis when the ragtag Persian armies sacked the abandoned city of Athens in 480, destroying it only five years after it was finished. Within thirteen years of the defeat of the Persians, Cimon and Themistokles had rebuilt the ...

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Scrabble value of A1C3R1O1P3O1L1I1S1

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