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city-state

[sit-ee-steyt]
noun
  1. a sovereign state consisting of an autonomous city with its dependencies.
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Origin of city-state

First recorded in 1890–95
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city-state

noun
  1. 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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