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Meaning of city by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • cyte ( 13th - 16th centuries )


    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" ) .


    • IPA: /ˈsɪti/, ( North of England ) IPA: /sɪtɪ/ X-SAMPA: /"sIti/
    • Rhymes: -ɪti
    • Hyphenation: cit‧y


    city ( plural: cities )

    1. A large settlement, bigger than a town. In Europe a city was historically a place that had succeeded in obtaining the right to build a city wall, a belfort, etc., from the nobility .

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Explanation of city by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. people living in a large densely populated municipality

    2. the city voted for Republicans in 1994
    3. a large and densely populated urban area

    4. Ancient Troy was a great city
    5. an incorporated administrative district established by state charter

    6. the city raised the tax rate

    Definition of city by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. 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.