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.
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What is a basic definition of city?
A city is a place where a large number of people live. The word city is also used to refer to all of the people who live in this kind of place or to something that is related to such a place. The word city has more specific meanings, depending on the country.
The plural of city is cities. Generally speaking, a city is a place where a large number of people are gathered together to live and/or work. Cities are typically much larger than places referred to as towns and are known for having homes and apartments placed more closely together than in other places. Different countries have specific definitions of what actually qualifies as a city, but the word is often used generally to describe a place where many people live.
Real-life examples: New York City, Tokyo, Paris, London, Moscow, Beijing, Madrid, and Berlin are examples of major cities around the world.
Used in a sentence: I grew up in the city of Philadelphia.
Playing off of this, the word city is also used to collectively refer to all of the people who live in a city.
Real-life examples: A mayor will often give speeches to the city, meaning the people who live there. A parade or festival will also be organized by a city, meaning the city’s government or the citizens of a city.
Used in a sentence: The city celebrated New Year’s Eve with a big parade.
The word city is also used to describe something that is related to or has the quality of a city.
Real-life examples: A city library is a library located in and run by a city. A city bus is a bus owned and operated by a city. A city person is someone who grew up in a city or prefers the life of a city.
Used in a sentence: My dad really hates city traffic.
Where does city come from?
The first records of city come from around 1175. It ultimately comes from the Latin cīvitās, meaning “citizenship” or “state,” from the word cīvis meaning “citizen.”
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What are some other forms related to city?
- cityless (adjective)
- citylike (adjective)
- intercity (adjective)
- inner city (noun)
What are some synonyms for city?
What are some words that share a root or word element with city?
What are some words that often get used in discussing city?
How is city used in real life?
City is a common word most frequently referring to a place where a lot of people live.
my single best quality is that i was born and raised in the city of chicago
— thanks for coming (@postingcontent) November 15, 2020
In 1896, fearful that land speculation would drive up housing prices, the city of Amsterdam bought up land. Today, 80% is owned by the city.
— Jennifer Keesmaat (@jen_keesmaat) December 18, 2016
I‘m so grateful for all the beautiful cities I’ve gotten to travel to. And all the beautiful cities I have yet to visit.
But no city lights my heart up like New York City does. #home
— conor leslie (@ConorLeslie) December 18, 2019
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True or False?
A city is larger and has more people living in it than a town or village.
Example sentences from the Web for city
The people leaving New York are disproportionately older, richer, more established professionals — people who need the city less.
The video fueled a rumor that the Illinois National Guard was being sent to the city to put it on “lockdown.”Mobilizing the National Guard Doesn’t Mean Your State Is Under Martial Law. Usually.|by Logan Jaffe|September 17, 2020|ProPublica
Dueñas said authorities threatened him when he publicly questioned police mistreatment of LGBTQ people in Cárdenas, a city adjacent to Matanzas.Cuban authorities threaten to arrest LGBTQ activist, journalist|Michael K. Lavers|September 17, 2020|Washington Blade
In Delaware, Beebe Healthcare, a hospital in the city of Lewes that serves the Rehoboth Beach area, was one of five Delaware hospitals to receive a score of 100 in the 2020 Healthcare Equality Index report.HRC examines hospital policies, impact of COVID on LGBTQ people|Lou Chibbaro Jr.|September 16, 2020|Washington Blade
They took over a big chunk of the city, 20 percent of the city.Trump’s ABC News town hall: Four Pinocchios, over and over again|Glenn Kessler|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
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
This city stands upon almost two equal parts on each side the river that passes through.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
When she arrived she made a regular entry into the city in a coach all gold and glass, drawn by eight superb plumed horses.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
You see, I am the city undertaker, and the people are dying here so fast, that I can hardly supply the demand for coffins.
Cheap as they are, they are a poorer speculation than even corner lots in a lithographic city of Nebraska or Oregon.
The streets here are rather wide for an Italian city but would be deemed intolerably narrow in America.