open city


Definition of open city

: a city that is not occupied or defended by military forces and that is not allowed to be bombed under international law

Examples of open city in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Five others are vying for three open City Council seats. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "2 mayoral candidates and 5 council candidates qualify for Tempe's March ballot. Here's who's running," 13 Nov. 2019 The Englishman crossed into the path of Gabriel Jesus, who opened City's account for the new season by clipping his shot past Lukasz Fabianski. George Ramsay, CNN, "Manchester City opens Premier League title defense with easy victory over West Ham," 10 Aug. 2019 While Youngblood's first mission repeats the cramped-corridor annoyances that plagued too much of W2:TNC, the new game quickly broadens its level design to beautiful, wide-open cities. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Wolfenstein Youngblood review: In my day, we called this an expansion pack," 25 July 2019 Now the longtime resident -- who unsuccessfully ran for council in 2013 and mayor in 2015 -- has announced his candidacy for the open city leader position. John Benson,, "Seven Hills resident Tom Jaros announces candidacy for mayor," 12 June 2019 The open city model is now flawed and therefore fragile. Shlomo Angel, WSJ, "‘Building and Dwelling’ Review: A Manifesto for the Open City," 6 July 2018 Yes, open cities are more creative, more satisfying and more fun. Shlomo Angel, WSJ, "‘Building and Dwelling’ Review: A Manifesto for the Open City," 6 July 2018 Pittsburgh opened city cooling centers through Sunday. Dennis Romero /, NBC News, "Sweltering heat wave bakes large part of nation as July 4th approaches," 30 June 2018 In 1991, when Scott Starbuck opened City Soles in Chicago, most of the shoes his customers wanted were made with leather from cow hides. Lydia Mulvany And Lindsey Rupp,, "As leather shoes drop out of favor, cattle hides pile up," 12 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'open city.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of open city

1914, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about open city

Time Traveler for open city

Time Traveler

The first known use of open city was in 1914

See more words from the same year

Statistics for open city

Last Updated

24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Open city.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

More from Merriam-Webster on open city

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with open city

Comments on open city

What made you want to look up open city? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the study of flags

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!