city-state

[sit-ee-steyt]
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noun

a sovereign state consisting of an autonomous city with its dependencies.

Nearby words

  1. city room,
  2. city slicker,
  3. city technology college,
  4. city-born,
  5. city-bred,
  6. cityfied,
  7. cityscape,
  8. cityward,
  9. citywide,
  10. ciudad bolívar

Origin of city-state

First recorded in 1890–95

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British Dictionary definitions for city-state

city-state

noun

a state consisting of a sovereign city and its dependencies. Among the most famous are the great independent cities of the ancient world, such as Athens, Sparta, Carthage, Thebes, Corinth, and Rome
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