plural cities
often attributive
: an inhabited place of greater size, population, or importance than a town or village
We spent the weekend in the city.
: an incorporated British town usually of major size or importance having the status of an episcopal see
c capitalized
: the financial district of London
: the influential financial interests of the British economy
: a usually large or important municipality in the U.S. governed under a charter granted by the state
: an incorporated municipal unit of the highest class in Canada
: the people of a city
The city rebelled against the oppressive government.
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
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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“City.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural cities
: a place in which people live that is larger or more important than a town
: the people of a city

Middle English citie "large or small town," from early French cité (same meaning), derived from Latin civitas "state of being a resident of a town, citizenship," from civis "citizen" — related to citizen, civil

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