A large, densely populated urban area is called a metropolis. "She liked living in a metropolis because there were many opportunities in a city that were not available elsewhere, like 24-hour diners."

The noun metropolis comes from the Greek roots mētēr, meaning "mother," and pólis, meaning "city." Historically, the word referred to the founding city-state of a region in Ancient Greece. Today the word refers to any urban area. The largest metropolis in Massachusetts is Boston, which is also the capital. Sometimes people use the word metropolis ironically or sarcastically: "She came from the booming metropolis of Tumbleweed, population 325."

Definitions of metropolis
  1. noun
    a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts
    synonyms: city, urban center
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    national capital
    the capital city of a nation
    provincial capital
    the capital city of a province
    state capital
    the capital city of a political subdivision of a country
    type of:
    an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government
  2. noun
    people living in a large densely populated municipality
    synonyms: city
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    type of:
    people living in a town or city having local self-government
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