Definition of city
1a : 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 seec capitalized (1) : the financial district of London (2) : the influential financial interests of the British economyd : a usually large or important municipality in the U.S. governed under a charter granted by the statee : an incorporated municipal unit of the highest class in Canada
2 : city-state
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
major cities like London, Tokyo, and Rome
The city is working to make the streets safer.
a lawsuit against the city
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
First Known Use: 13th century
CITY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of city for Students
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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