city-state

noun \ ˈsi-tē-ˌstāt also -ˈstāt \

Definition of city-state

: an autonomous state consisting of a city and surrounding territory

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1840

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Definition of city-state for English Language Learners

  • : a state that has its own government and consists of a city and the area around it


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