|Origin:||cité, from Latin civitas 'citizenship, state, city of Rome', from civis; CIVIC|
cit‧y S1 W1 plural cities [countable]
a large important town:
New York City
a capital city
The nearest big city was St. Louis.
city dweller (=someone who lives in a city)➔ inner city
a) British English
a large town, that has been given an official title by a king or queen :
the city of Oxford
b) American English
a town of any size that has definite borders and powers that were officially given by the state government:
The city of Cleveland celebrated its 200th birthday with fireworks and an outdoor concert.
3 [usually singular]
the people who live in a city:
The city has been living in fear since last week's earthquake.
4 British English
the area of London which is Britain's financial centre, and the important institutions there
City banker/stockbroker etc (=a banker etc who works in the city)
5 American English
the government of a city:
The city is working to improve public transportation.