freedom of the city


noun

nominal citizenship in a city, conferred as an honor upon important visitors.
(formerly) official citizenship in a city, conferred upon distinguished nonresidents.

Nearby words

  1. freedom of assembly,
  2. freedom of association,
  3. freedom of information act,
  4. freedom of religion,
  5. freedom of speech,
  6. freedom of the press,
  7. freedom of the seas,
  8. freedom ride,
  9. freedom rider,
  10. freedom riders

Origin of freedom of the city

First recorded in 1765–75

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