city–state

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noun \ˈsi-tē-ˌstāt also -ˈstāt\

Definition of city–state

  1. :  an autonomous state consisting of a city and surrounding territory

1840

First Known Use of city–state

1840


CITY–STATE Defined for English Language Learners

city-state

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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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