central city


Definition of central city

: a city that constitutes the densely populated center of a metropolitan area

called also core city

Examples of central city in a Sentence

The central city is losing population, while the suburbs are expanding.

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Police provided heavy protection to a similar march this month in the central city of Plock. NBC News, "Polish politician condemns gay pride marches as election nears," 19 Aug. 2019 The 24-year-old spends each day caring for 18 panda cubs at the Giant Panda Protection and Research Center outside China’s central city of Chengdu. Charlie Campbell, Time, "'I Get to Hug Them All the Time.' What It's Like to Take Care of a Pair of History-Making Panda Cubs," 31 July 2019 Residents of Anchorage and other south-central cities completed a fifth week of above-normal temperatures, including a record-high 90 degrees Thursday in the state’s largest city. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 After a German bomb was discovered at London's King George V Dock near the central City Airport in February, the terminal had to be closed for an entire day. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Unexploded WWII bomb forces mass evacuation in Berlin," 20 Apr. 2018 But few residents welcome the incinerators, and the prospect of their construction has sparked some of mainland China’s largest civic unrest in recent years, including in the central city of Wuhan this month. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "Extreme Trash Recycling: 104 Protocols, 30,000 Inspectors," 10 July 2019 That sharply limited the prospects for integration in metro areas that — like Detroit, where the case originated — featured a heavily black central city surrounded by heavily white suburbs. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Democratic candidates’ school integration plans, explained," 3 July 2019 Portland currently has 1,002 bikes and 147 stations across central city and eastside neighborhoods. oregonlive.com, "Portland eyes citywide Biketown expansion in 2020, with e-bikes as well," 26 June 2019 One place to hear such dreams, on a recent smoggy Saturday morning, is an English-language debating tournament in the central city of Wuhan. The Economist, "Debating contests teach Chinese students an argument has two sides," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of central city

1950, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of central city

: the center part of a large city

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