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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: cité, from Latin civitas 'citizenship, state, city of Rome', from civis; CIVIC

city

noun
     
cit‧y S1 W1 plural cities [countable]
1 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
2
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

the City

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

the city

American English the government of a city:
The city is working to improve public transportation.

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