Forbidden City

  1. a walled section of Peking (now Beijing), built in the 15th century, containing the imperial palace and other buildings of the imperial government of China.

Origin of Forbidden City

First recorded in 1845–50

Words Nearby Forbidden City Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Forbidden City in a sentence

  • I had a half-childish hope of being surprised, a memory of days when, a boy, I read of the great Forbidden City.

  • This last is called the Purple Forbidden City, two and a quarter miles around it, and is the actual imperial residence.

    Four Young Explorers | Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for Forbidden City

Forbidden City

nounthe Forbidden City
  1. Lhasa, Tibet: once famed for its inaccessibility and hostility to strangers

  2. a walled section of Beijing, China, enclosing the Imperial Palace and associated buildings of the former Chinese Empire

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