[ sit-ee ]
/ ˈsɪt i /
noun, plural cit·ies.
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.
Inter- vs Intra-What’s the difference between the interstate highway and the intrastate highway? Inter- is a prefix that means between two groups, and intra- is a prefix which means within or inside one group. Inter- and intra- are both prefixes, which are groups of letters that are placed at the beginning of a word in order to change its meaning. Inter- Inter- is a common prefix that …
Origin of city
1175–1225; Middle English cite < Anglo-French, Old French cite(t) < Latin cīvitāt- (stem of cīvitās) citizenry, town, equivalent to cīvi(s) citizen + -tāt- -ty2
cit·y·less, adjectivecit·y·like, adjectivein·ter·cit·y, adjectivemin·i·cit·y, noun, plural min·i·cit·ies.
out·cit·y, noun, plural out·cit·ies.pro·cit·y, adjectivesub·cit·y, noun, plural sub·cit·ies.
1. See community.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for intercity
“The Intercity costs twice as much,” she explains, as if someone with a trace of foreign accent could not know that.‘Stupid Enough to Pay’: Tim Parks’s Italian Rail Adventures|Tim Parks|June 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for intercity (1 of 3)
/ (ˌɪntəˈsɪtɪ) /
trademark (in Britain) denoting a fast train or passenger rail service, esp between main towns
British Dictionary definitions for intercity (2 of 3)
/ (ˈsɪtɪ) /
noun plural cities
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 citya city girl; city habits
Related formsRelated adjectives: civic, urban, municipal
Word Origin for city
C13: from Old French cité, from Latin cīvitās citizenship, state, from cīvis citizen
British Dictionary definitions for intercity (3 of 3)
/ (ˈsɪtɪ) /
noun the City
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012