imperial city


Definition of imperial city

1 : a city (as Rome) that is the seat of empire
2 : a city that is an immediate vassal of the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire

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First Known Use of imperial city

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Imperial city.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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