- The definition of a city-state is a state that contains an independent city which is not administered or governed by another government.
Examples of city-states are Vatican City, Monaco and Singapore.
city-state definition by Webster's New World
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a state made up of an independent city and the territory directly controlled by it, as in ancient Greece
city-state definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A sovereign state consisting of an independent city and its surrounding territory.