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

First Known Use of free city

1575


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