- cyte ( 13th - 16th centuries )
- IPA: /ˈsɪti/, ( North of England ) IPA: /sɪtɪ/ X-SAMPA: /"sIti/
- Rhymes: -ɪti
- Hyphenation: cit‧y
- city banker
- city block
- city boy
- city center
- city centre
- city clerk
- city desk
- city district
- city father
- city girl
- city hall
- city limit
From Middle English cite, from Old French cité, from Latin cīvitās ( “a union of citizens, a citizenry” ). Displaced native Middle English burgh, borough ( "fortified place", "city" ) ( modern English "borough" ) and sted, stede ( "place, city" ) ( modern English "stead" ) .
city ( plural: cities )
Explanation of city by Wordnet Dictionary
- City ( sĭt ), n.; pl. Cities ( sĭtĭz ). [OE. cite, F. cité, fr. L. civitas citizenship, state, city, fr. civis citizen; akin to Goth. heiwa ( in heiwafrauja man of the house ), AS. hīwan, pl., members of a family, servants, hīred family, G. heirath marriage, prop., providing a house, E. hind a peasant.]
1. A large town.
2. A corporate town; in the United States, a town or collective body of inhabitants, incorporated and governed by a mayor and aldermen or a city council consisting of a board of aldermen and a common council; in Great Britain, a town corporate, which is or has been the seat of a bishop, or the capital of his see.
A city is a town incorporated; which is, or has been, the see of a bishop; and though the bishopric has been dissolved, as at Westminster, it yet remaineth a city. Blackstone
When Gorges constituted York a city, he of course meant it to be the seat of a bishop, for the word city has no other meaning in English law. Palfrey
3. The collective body of citizens, or inhabitants of a city. “What is the city but the people?” Shak.
Syn. -- See Village.
- City, a. Of or pertaining to a city. Shak.
City council. See under Council. -- City court, The municipal court of a city. [U. S.] -- City ward, a watchman, or the collective watchmen, of a city. [Obs.] Fairfax.
Definition of city by GCIDE Dictionary