inner city

[ in-er sit-ee ]
/ ˈɪn ər ˈsɪt i /

noun

an older part of a city, densely populated and usually deteriorating, inhabited mainly by poor, often minority, groups: Struggling schools in the inner city face substantial challenges to prepare students for college.Compare central city.

adjective in·ner-cit·y

of or relating to such a section within a city: after-school programs for inner-city youth;low-income residents in inner-city neighborhoods.

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Origin of inner city

First recorded in 1960–65

historical usage of inner city

See urban.
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British Dictionary definitions for inner city

inner city

noun

  1. the parts of a city in or near its centre, esp when they are associated with poverty, unemployment, substandard housing, etc
  2. (as modifier)inner-city schools
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Cultural definitions for inner city

inner city

A general term for impoverished areas of large cities. The inner city is characterized by minimal educational opportunities, high unemployment and crime rates, broken families, and inadequate housing. (See ghettos.)

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