city

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noun, often attributive \ˈsi-tē\

Definition of city

plural

cities

  1. 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. 2 :  city-state

  3. 3 :  the people of a city The city rebelled against the oppressive government.

  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. 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

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

city

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noun, often attributive \ˈsi-tē\

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

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noun \ˈsi-tē\

Definition of city for Students

plural

cities

  1. 1 :  a place in which people live and work that is larger than a town

  2. 2 :  the people of a city The whole city was excited about the football game.



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