see also: City
  • IPA: /ˈsɪti/
  • (North of England) IPA: /sɪtɪ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈsɪt̬i/

city (plural cities)

  1. A large settlement, bigger than a town; sometimes with a specific legal definition, depending on the place.
    São Paulo is the largest city in South America.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
      So this was my future home, I thought! […] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  2. (UK) A settlement granted special status by royal charter or letters patent; traditionally, a settlement with a cathedral regardless of size.
    • 1976, Cornelius P. Darcy, The Encouragement of the Fine Arts in Lancashire, 1760-1860, Manchester University Press (ISBN 9780719013300), page 20
      Manchester, incorporated in 1838, was made the centre of a bishopric in 1847 and became a city in 1853. Liverpool was transformed into a city by Royal Charter when the new diocese of Liverpool was created in 1880.
    • 2014, Graham Rutt, Cycling Britain's Cathedrals Volume 1, (ISBN 9781326056049), page 307
      St Davids itself is the smallest city in Great Britain, with a population of less than 2,000.
  3. (Australia) The central business district; downtown.
    I'm going into the city today to do some shopping.
  4. (slang) A large amount of something.
    It's video game city in here!
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Proper noun
  1. (UK, with the definite article) The City of London, the historic core of London where the Roman settlement of Londinium was established.
  2. (UK, with the definite article) The United Kingdom's financial industries, which are principally based in the City of London.
  3. (with the definite article) Any of several other cities in metropolitan areas (such as San Francisco).
  4. (soccer, informal) Manchester City Football Club, an English football club.
    City will reportedly look to have a fee for Aguero.
Synonyms Related terms
  • (London) Hammersmith & City
  • French: City
  • Russian: Си́ти

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