noun, often attributive \ˈsi-tē\

: a place where people live that is larger or more important than a town : an area where many people live and work

: the people in a city

the city : the government of a city

plural cit·ies

Full Definition of CITY

a :  an inhabited place of greater size, population, or importance than a town or village
b :  an incorporated British town usually of major size or importance having the status of an episcopal see
c capitalized
(1) :  the financial district of London (2) :  the influential financial interests of the British economy
d :  a usually large or important municipality in the United States governed under a charter granted by the state
e :  an incorporated municipal unit of the highest class in Canada
:  the people of a city
slang :  a thing, event, or situation that is strongly characterized by a specified quintessential feature or quality <the movie was shoot-out city>

Examples of CITY

  1. major cities like London, Tokyo, and Rome
  2. The city is working to make the streets safer.
  3. a lawsuit against the city

Origin of CITY

Middle English citie large or small town, from Anglo-French cité, from Medieval Latin civitat-, civitas, from Latin, citizenship, state, city of Rome, from civis citizen — more at hind
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with CITY

CITIES Defined for Kids


noun \ˈsi-tē\
plural cit·ies

Definition of CITY for Kids

:  a place in which people live and work that is larger than a town
:  the people of a city <The whole city was excited about the football game.>
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