free city

noun

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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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, Philly.com, "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 The movement began to lose steam in the late 1800s, though, when those cemeteries inspired large burial-free city parks. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "From Yoga to Movie Nights: How Cemeteries Are Trying to Attract the Living," 22 Mar. 2018 Ambitious plans to clean up the city’s industrial waste and sewage have been in the works for decades, along with a proposal for a car-free city center and a ban on using oil to heat buildings that is to go into effect in 2020. Richard Martyn-hemphill And Henrik Pryser Libell, New York Times, "Trash in the Fjords? Norway Turns to Drones," 4 Mar. 2018 The city offers a $10 microchip and free city licensing special every month and adoption opportunities outside the shelter. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Step up and adopt a dog from overcrowded Pearland shelter," 9 Feb. 2018 In Amsterdam, November 1 marks not only the beginning of a new month, but also the first day of beer bike-free city. Andrea Park, Condé Nast Traveler, "Amsterdam Has Banned Beer Bikes From the City Center," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of free city

1575, in the meaning defined above

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