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 Seventeen flights up, there were open city views to the south, plus low-rise museum campuses on two sides: the American Museum of Natural History to the north and the New-York Historical Society to the east, with Central Park just beyond. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 11 Nov. 2021 Hundreds of people in Portland, Maine, turned up Thursday to watch an unprecedented event unfold in local election history: The winner of an open city council seat was chosen by chance, by drawing a name out of a wooden bowl. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 4 Nov. 2021 As seen in a recent piece by our Kevin Acee, the clubhouse appears to be an open city Sheriff Jayce has lost. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2021 The powerful business group endorsed incumbents for mayor and open city council seats where available. Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2021 Yet at September's end the Nazis sued for safe passage out; the Allies found an open city. Star Tribune, 24 Dec. 2020 The legislature has proved an irritant for Beijing, as a group of pro-democracy lawmakers have loudly argued that China’s campaign threatens to erode Hong Kong’s status as a global, open city. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2020 In an effort to curb such raucous conflicts, the council unanimously passed a resolution instituting rules of decorum for open city meetings. Dallas News, 19 Aug. 2020 The French official opened up the city’s dense medieval alleyways, transforming them into the broad boulevards Paris is famous for today, relieving overcrowding and resulting in a healthier, more beautiful and open city. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, 2 July 2020 See More

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First Known Use of open city

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Open city.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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