a city that, during a war, is officially declared demilitarized and open to occupation, and that will consequently not be defended, in order to spare it, under international law, from bombardment or other military attack.
a city or autonomous city-state that gives equal access and status to inhabitants and visitors without regard to religious, ethnic, racial, or national affiliation.
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How to use open city in a sentence
His Nigeria book, Every Day is For the Thief, was actually written in 2006, prior to open city.Teju Cole’s Keen Eye Spares No One—Himself Included | Benjamin Lytal | July 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is an open city, an island surrounded by sea, and being a trading city, it welcomes outsiders.
Teju Cole's disquietingly powerful debut open city does none of the above.
An hour later he approached the second or open city of Aisi, where the ferry was across the channel.After London | Richard Jefferies
In my great-grandfather's time there had been no roof here; the open city was exposed to all the inclement weather.Wandl the Invader | Raymond King Cummings
I interrupted the Seor Blas here, asking him if Valencia was not an open city?
In Europe, it has long been a rule of military morals, that no open city shall ever be bombarded.
At Rome, finding himself helpless in an open city, the emperor conceived the idea of invoking the power of the supernatural.The Law of Civilization and Decay | Brooks Adams