city-state

noun
\ ˈsi-tē-ˌstāt How to pronounce city-state (audio) also -ˈstāt \

Definition of city-state

: an autonomous state consisting of a city and surrounding territory

First Known Use of city-state

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“City-state.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/city-state. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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