1. The fortified height or citadel of an ancient Greek city.
2. A raised area holding a building or cluster of buildings, especially in a pre-Columbian city.
[Greek akropolis : akron, top; see ACROMEGALY + polis, city; see pelə-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
(click for a larger image)acropolis
the Parthenon at the Acropolis
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