Of, relating to, or characteristic of a major city: crowded metropolitan streets; a metropolitan newspaper. Of or constituting a large city or urbanized area, including adjacent suburbs and towns: the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area; a metropolitan county. Of, relating to, or constituting the home territory of an imperial or colonial state. Of or relating to an ecclesiastical metropolitan. A citizen of a metropolis, especially one who displays urbane characteristics, attitudes, and values. In the Western Christian churches, a bishop with provincial powers, with some authority over suffragan bishops. Eastern Orthodox Church A bishop who is head of an ecclesiastical province and ranks next below the patriarch.