- The definition of a city is a town of significant size or an urban area with self-government.
An example of a city is Manhattan.
A large city at night.
city definition by Webster's New World
- a center of population larger or more important than a town or village
- in the U.S., an incorporated municipality whose boundaries and powers of self-government are defined by a charter from the state in which it is located
- in Canada, any of various large urban municipalities within a province
- in Great Britain, a borough or town with a royal charter, usually a town that has been or is an episcopal see
- all of the people of a city
- in ancient Greece, a city-state
Origin: Middle English cité, citet ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin civitas, citizenship, community of citizens, hence state, city ; from civis, townsman: see home
city definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. cit·ies
- A center of population, commerce, and culture; a town of significant size and importance.
- a. An incorporated municipality in the United States with definite boundaries and legal powers set forth in a charter granted by the state.b. A Canadian municipality of high rank, usually determined by population but varying by province.c. A large incorporated town in Great Britain, usually the seat of a bishop, with its title conferred by the Crown.
- The inhabitants of a city considered as a group.
- An ancient Greek city-state.
- Slang Used in combination as an intensive: The playing field was mud city after the big rain.
- City The financial and commercial center of London. Used with the.
Origin: Middle English cite, from Old French, from Latin cīvitās, from cīvis, citizen; see kei-1 in Indo-European roots.
city - Phrases/Idioms