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, in the meaning defined above

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city-state

noun

English Language Learners Definition of city-state

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

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