Metropolis vs Shire - What's the difference?

metropolis | shire |

As nouns the difference between metropolis and shire

is that metropolis is metropolis while shire is former administrative area of britain; a county.

As a verb shire is

to (re]])constitute as one or more shires or [[county|counties.




  • (history) The mother (founding) polis (city state) of a colony, especially in the Ancient Greek/Hellenistic world.
  • A large, busy city, especially as the main city in an area or country or as distinguished from surrounding rural areas.
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  • (canon law) The see of a metropolitan archbishop, ranking above its suffragan diocesan bishops.
  • Derived terms

    (Derived terms) * metro * metropole * metropolitan


    * mother city, metropole * archbishopric

    See also

    * capital city






    (wikipedia shire) (en noun)
  • Former administrative area of Britain; a county.
  • Yorkshire is the largest shire in England.
  • (UK, colloquial) The general area in which a person lives, used in the context of travel within the UK.
  • When are you coming back to the shire ?
  • A rural or outer suburban local government area of Australia.
  • A shire horse.
  • Verb

  • To (re]])constitute as one or more shires or [[county, counties.
  • * 1985 , Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy , page 291:
  • Although he still managed formally to shire the province in the summer and autumn of 1585, his plan to establish a presidential government and complete the integration of Ulster into English Ireland met with royal indifference.
  • * 2012 , James Lydon, The Making of Ireland: From Ancient Times to the Present (ISBN 1134981503), page 160:
  • The province was shired into nine counties,
    County Longford was shired in 1586


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