free city

noun
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of free city

: a self-governing city or city-state usually possessing sovereign power: such as
a : an Italian city-state of the 11th century and later
b : certain cities of Germany since the 13th century having free institutions
c : a territorial unit (such as Danzig, formerly) comprising a city and often adjacent areas that functions as a semiautonomous political entity under the authority of an international organization

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1575

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