independent city


: a city in the state of Virginia having a status equivalent to that of a county

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web San Diego’s Ethics Commission is an independent city department that does not report to the mayor or City Council, and has the authority to monitor and administer the city’s ethics laws, campaign finance laws and lobbying laws. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2023 The issue of independent city departments retaining their own lawyers has been an important one, including in the 101 Ash St. case. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2023 But a number of independent city restaurants that used to do brisk noontime business are remaining closed for lunch, even as demand for dinner reservations returns. New York Times, 11 July 2022 This suggests that instead of a big, centrally organized state like the Inca in Peru, the Casarabe culture may have been a group of independent city-states that happened to share a culture and an architectural style. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 25 May 2022 Crafting the $24 million budget for the independent city has been particularly rocky this year, creating tensions throughout an apparent breakdown in miscommunication that has played out along partisan lines. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Oct. 2021 But long criticized for shielding its own, the Vatican is suddenly conducting trials at a frequency without precedent in the century since its creation as an independent city-state. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Thanks to its classification as an independent city, Alexandria’s boost from the plan was unusually high compared with most other municipalities of a similar size. Washington Post, 7 June 2021 Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez has pitched an independent city crime prevention office staffed with criminologists. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, 25 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of independent city was in 1911

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“Independent city.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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