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 of Los Angeles declared that Ross's birthday (Mar. 26) is an official day in the city, per Ross's Instagram account. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Sang "Happy Birthday" to Diana Ross at Her 75th Birthday Party," 28 Mar. 2019 She was photographed stepping out in the city with platinum-blonde, waist-length hair. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Jordyn Woods Steps Out in Head-Turning Platinum-Blonde Hair," 26 Mar. 2019 According to the Sierra Club, more than 90 cities, 10 counties, and two states have set targets for 100 percent renewable energy. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 2019 In one act, a mercurial and generous Jeff Bezos would bestow a city with riches beyond their imagination: an all-American tech company, tens of thousands of jobs, and $5 billion in investments. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Amazon," 27 Dec. 2018 Black Girl Church will start screening in New York City and neighboring cities in early April. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "For Black Women, the Hair Salon and Beauty Supply Store Are Sacred Spaces," 27 Mar. 2019 The country's gorgeous alps, historic cities, and wide lakes make for fairytale surroundings in the winter and stunning fields of flowers and cows in the summer. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "These Are the World's 10 Happiest Countries," 21 Mar. 2019 As a result, up to 60% of the city’s households are headed by females, the highest percentage in the area. Kate Morgan, Woman's Day, "A New Jersey Softball Team Is Lifting Its City's Spirits," 21 Mar. 2019 Singer's company, Edge College & Career Network, is publicly known as the Key, which operates in 81 US cities and six countries. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Is William Singer, the Man at the Center of the College Admissions Fraud Scandal?," 13 Mar. 2019

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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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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about city

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