city

[ sit-ee ]
/ ˈsɪt i /

noun, plural cit·ies.


Nearby words

  1. citrus whitefly,
  2. citrussy,
  3. citta,
  4. cittern,
  5. città del vaticano,
  6. city academy,
  7. city and guilds of london institute,
  8. city blues,
  9. city chambers,
  10. city clerk

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

Synonym study

1. See community.

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British Dictionary definitions for city

city

/ (ˈsɪtɪ) /

noun plural cities

Related formsRelated adjectives: civic, urban, municipal

Word Origin for city

C13: from Old French cité, from Latin cīvitās citizenship, state, from cīvis citizen

City

/ (ˈsɪtɪ) /

noun the City

short for City of London : the original settlement of London on the N bank of the Thames; a municipality governed by the Lord Mayor and Corporation. Resident pop: 7186 (2001)
the area in central London in which the United Kingdom's major financial business is transacted
the various financial institutions located in this area
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Word Origin and History for city

city

n.
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