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noun \ˈsi-tē\

Simple Definition of city

  • : 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

Full Definition of city

plural cit·ies

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  city-state

  3. 3 :  the people of a city

  4. 4 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




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