a large or important town.
(in the U.S.) an incorporated municipality, usually governed by a mayor and a board of aldermen or councilmen.
the inhabitants of a city collectively: The entire city is mourning his death.
(in Canada) a municipality of high rank, usually based on population.
(in Great Britain) a borough, usually the seat of a bishop, upon which the dignity of the title has been conferred by the crown.
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.
(often initial capital letter)Slang. a place, person, or situation having certain features or characteristics (used in combination): The party last night was Action City. That guy is dull city.
- cit·y·less, adjective
- cit·y·like, adjective
- in·ter·cit·y, adjective
- min·i·cit·y, noun, plural min·i·cit·ies.
- outcity, noun, plural out·cit·ies.
- pro·cit·y, adjective
- sub·cit·y, noun, plural sub·cit·ies.
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How to use city in a sentence
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 | THE 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 | THE 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.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Cheap as they are, they are a poorer speculation than even corner lots in a lithographic city of Nebraska or Oregon.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
The streets here are rather wide for an Italian city but would be deemed intolerably narrow in America.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for city (1 of 2)
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 city: a city girl; city habits
- Related adjectives: civic, urban, municipal
British Dictionary definitions for City (2 of 2)
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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