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

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Synonym study

1. See community. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for city


noun plural cities

any large town or populous place
(in Britain) a large town that has received this title from the Crown: usually the seat of a bishop
(in the US) an incorporated urban centre with its own government and administration established by state charter
(in Canada) a similar urban municipality incorporated by the provincial government
an ancient Greek city-state; polis
the people of a city collectively
(modifier) in or characteristic of a citya city girl; city habits
Related formsRelated adjectives: civic, urban, municipal

Word Origin for city

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


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


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