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noun, plural cities.

  1. a large or important town.
  2. (in the U.S.) an incorporated municipality, usually governed by a mayor and a board of aldermen or councilmen.
  3. the inhabitants of a city collectively:

The entire city is mourning his death.

  1. (in Canada) a municipality of high rank, usually based on population.
  2. (in Great Britain) a borough, usually the seat of a bishop, upon which the dignity of the title has been conferred by the crown.
  3. the City.
  4. the major metropolitan center of a region; downtown:
    I'm going to the City to buy clothes and see a show.
    1. the commercial and financial area of London, England.
  5. a city-state.

Origin of city

1175-1225; Middle English cite < Anglo-French, Old French cite (t) < Latin cīvitāt- (stem of cīvitās) citizenry, town, equivalent to cīvi (s) citizen + -tāt- -ty2

Related forms

cityless, adjective
citylike, adjective
intercity, adjective
minicity, noun, plural minicities.
outcity, noun, plural outcities.


1. See community.

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