open city


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

Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of open city was in 1914

Dictionary Entries Near open city

Cite this Entry

“Open city.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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