city

noun, often attributive
\ ˈsi-tē How to pronounce city (audio) \
plural cities

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 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.

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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
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The city is planning on rolling out the fee before this year's peak tourist season, and the cost will fluctuate depending on the time of year. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The City of Venice Will Soon Start Charging Tourists an Entrance Fee," 4 Mar. 2019 The city is like an old, familiar garden that now lies desolate but where paths and passageways are still recognizable. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘A German Officer in Occupied Paris’ Review: A Very Refined Occupation," 15 Feb. 2019 At the time of the deal, workers’ unions and some politicians also criticized the tax breaks as too high, especially when the city was managing a tight budget. Jonathan Mattise, The Seattle Times, "State: Electrolux not required to repay $100M in Tennessee," 5 Feb. 2019 Months after the tragic collapse of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge that killed 43 people, the Italian city is making plans to replace it. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Renzo Piano reveals design to replace collapsed Genoa bridge," 21 Dec. 2018 Finally, the city is imposing a 15mph speed limit on the scooters themselves. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Oakland official: “We want to get Americans out of their cars and solve racism”," 12 Dec. 2018 To find this kind of center, try Googling your city or county’s mental health authority or department of behavioral health, Nguyen says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Ways to Find an Actually Affordable Therapist," 15 Feb. 2019 Submit your full name along with your city and state, email, and phone number. Country Living, "Contact the Editors and Get Help for Your Country Living Subscription," 4 Jan. 2019 The troupe will make stops in over 60 cities and end with one final performance on March 9, 2019 in Thousand Oaks, California. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 'Dancing With the Stars' Tour Sounds Especially Amazing This Year," 19 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'city.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of city

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of city was in the 13th century

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city

noun

English Language Learners 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 government of a city

city

noun
\ ˈsi-tē How to pronounce city (audio) \
plural cities

Kids Definition of city

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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