noun, plural cit·ies.
- the major metropolitan center of a region; downtown: I'm going to the City to buy clothes and see a show.
- the commercial and financial area of London, England.
Origin of city
Examples from the Web for city
Throughout the fifties, in city after city, fluoridation became the subject of fierce debate.
To put it rather uncharitably, the USPHS practiced a major dental experiment on a city full of unconsenting subjects.
Today, the city is an Asian hipster outpost, with shopping malls, clothing boutiques, and mixologist-prepared cocktails.
“I love my job and I love my city and I am committed to the work here,” he said in a statement.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Saved from the public gallows, Weeks was virtually exiled from the city, and wound up in Mississippi, where he raised a family.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Even the city of Philadelphia is not exempt from this moral pestilence.American Slave Trade|Jesse Torrey
Really comfortable, in a human way, not in the sham way of the City.Ripeness is All|Jesse Roarke
Find a nice place not too far from the city—say on Long Island—and I can run out whenever necessary.The Nest Builder|Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
I was no longer beneath the surface of the earth but was somewhere in the massive concrete structure of the City of Berlin.City of Endless Night|Milo Hastings
The water runs down to the home station, and is then lifted up high by steam engines and distributed over the city.Wisconsin in Story and Song;|Various
British Dictionary definitions for city (1 of 2)
noun plural cities
Word Origin for city
British Dictionary definitions for city (2 of 2)
noun the City
Word Origin and History for city
early 13c., in medieval usage a cathedral town, but originally "any settlement," regardless of size (distinction from town is 14c., though in English it always seems to have ranked above borough), from Old French cite "town, city" (10c., Modern French cité), from earlier citet, from Latin civitatem (nominative civitas; in Late Latin sometimes citatem) originally "citizenship, condition or rights of a citizen, membership in the community," later "community of citizens, state, commonwealth" (used, for instance of the Gaulish tribes), from civis "townsman," from PIE root *kei- "to lie; bed, couch; homestead; beloved, dear" (see cemetery).
The sense has been transferred from the inhabitants to the place. The Latin word for "city" was urbs, but a resident was civis. Civitas seems to have replaced urbs as Rome (the ultimate urbs) lost its prestige. Loss of Latin -v- is regular in French in some situations (cf. alleger from alleviare; neige from nivea; jeune from juvenis. A different sound evolution from the Latin word yielded Italian citta, Catalan ciutat, Spanish ciudad, Portuguese cidade.
Replaced Old English burh (see borough). London is the city from 1550s. As an adjective from c.1300. City hall first recorded 1670s to fight city hall is 1913, American English; city slicker first recorded 1916 (see slick); both American English. City limits is from 1825. The newspaper city desk attested from 1878. Inner city first attested 1968. City state (also city-state) is attested from 1877.