city

noun, often attributive \ ˈsi-tē \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of city

plural cities
1 a :an inhabited place of greater size, population, or importance than a town or village
  • We spent the weekend in the city.
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 U.S. governed under a charter granted by the state
e :an incorporated municipal unit of the highest class in Canada
3 :the people of a city
  • The city rebelled against the oppressive government.
4 slang :a thing, event, or situation that is strongly characterized by a specified quintessential feature or quality
  • The movie was shoot-out city.
  • Getting lost in the maze was panic city.

Examples of city in a Sentence

  1. major cities like London, Tokyo, and Rome

  2. The city is working to make the streets safer.

  3. a lawsuit against the city

Recent Examples of city from the Web

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Origin and Etymology 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



CITY Defined for English Language Learners

city

noun

Definition of city for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CITY Defined for Kids

city

noun \ ˈsi-tē \

Definition of city for Students

plural cities
1 :a place in which people live and work that is larger than a town
2 :the people of a city
  • The whole city was excited about the football game.


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