free city


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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Even those who support the idea of a car-free city say the reality is that streets still revolve around cars and changing that balance will be complicated and messy. New York Times, "Major Traffic Experiment in N.Y.C.: Cars All but Banned on Major Street," 8 Aug. 2019 The movement has morphed into a fight to preserve the freedoms that make Hong Kong China’s freest city, as well as push for greater democracy. Time Staff, Time, "Another Hong Kong Protester Fell to Her Death After Leaving a Message for the Government," 5 July 2019 Made up of 20,000 of the most skilled swordsman in the free cities (the Unsullied could be considered the best, but they were enslaved), the Golden Company has quite the reputation. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Will the Golden Company Betray Cersei Lannister and Determine Westeros' Ruler?," 30 Apr. 2019 Braavos: a free city in Essos, home to the Iron Bank — to which the Lannisters owe some gold. John Carucci, The Seattle Times, "It’s not too late to dive into ‘Game of Thrones,’ with help," 13 Apr. 2019 Passengers with at least six hours to spare can take a free city tour, lounge by the swimming pool, or binge-watch flicks at the free 24-hour cinema. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Airports in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Instead, officials suggest residents take advantage of free city pools when the season opens June 20. Frank Kummer,, "No, you can't swim in Devil's Pool at the Wissahickon. Really," 31 May 2018 HTA National Junior Tennis & Learning program is raising funds for the free city tennis program by selling raffle tickets through June 24. Terry St. John, Houston Chronicle, "Greater Houston athletic activities listings: June 1-3," 30 May 2018 Thanks to a new analysis from personal finance website GOBankingRates, the search for a worry-free city to retire in for those reliant on funds like Social Security, pensions and inheritance just got a little easier. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "This is the best city to retire in Georgia if you’re on a fixed income," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of free city

1575, in the meaning defined above

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