What does city mean?

Definitions for cityˈsɪt i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word city.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. city, metropolis, urban center(noun)

    a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts

    "Ancient Troy was a great city"

  2. city(noun)

    an incorporated administrative district established by state charter

    "the city raised the tax rate"

  3. city, metropolis(noun)

    people living in a large densely populated municipality

    "the city voted for Republicans in 1994"


  1. city(Noun)

    A large settlement, bigger than a town. In Europe a city was historically a place that had succeeded in obtaining the right to build a city wall, a belfort, etc., from the nobility.

  2. City(ProperNoun)

    popular, shortened form for the City of London, the historic core of London where the Roman settlement of Londinium was established

  3. City(ProperNoun)

    a metonym for the United Kingdom's financial industries, which are principally based in the City of London

  4. City(ProperNoun)

    A popular name (not always capitalized) for any of several other cities in metropolitan areas (such as San Francisco)

  5. City(ProperNoun)

    A nickname for , an English football club.

    City will reportedly look to have a fee for Aguero accepted by Atletico Madrid in the next 48 hours, according to widespread reports in Saturday's national newspapers.

  6. Origin: From Middle English cite, from cité, from civitas. Displaced native Middle English burgh, borough ("fortified place", "city") (modern English "borough") and sted, stede ("place, city") (modern English "stead").

Webster Dictionary

  1. City(noun)

    a large town

  2. City(noun)

    a corporate town; in the United States, a town or collective body of inhabitants, incorporated and governed by a mayor and aldermen or a city council consisting of a board of aldermen and a common council; in Great Britain, a town corporate, which is or has been the seat of a bishop, or the capital of his see

  3. City(noun)

    the collective body of citizens, or inhabitants of a city

  4. City(adj)

    of or pertaining to a city


  1. City

    A city is a relatively large and permanent settlement. Although there is no agreement on how a city is distinguished from a town within general English language meanings, many cities have a particular administrative, legal, or historical status based on local law. For example, in the American state of Massachusetts an article of incorporation approved by the local state legislature distinguishes a city government from a town. In the United Kingdom and parts of the Commonwealth of Nations, a city is usually a settlement with a royal charter. Historically, in Europe, a city was understood by some to mean an urban settlement with a cathedral. The belief in this distinction is also common in England, where the presence of a cathedral is thought by many to distinguish a 'city' from a 'town'; the belief is incorrect. Cities generally have complex systems for sanitation, utilities, land usage, housing, and transportation. The concentration of development greatly facilitates interaction between people and businesses, benefiting both parties in the process. A big city or metropolis usually has associated suburbs and exurbs. Such cities are usually associated with metropolitan areas and urban areas, creating numerous business commuters traveling to urban centers for employment. Once a city expands far enough to reach another city, this region can be deemed a conurbation or megalopolis.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. City

    sit′i, n. a large town: a town with a corporation.—n.pl. Cit′y-commis′sioners, officials who attend to the drainage, &c.—n. Cit′y-mis′sion, a mission for evangelising the poor classes in the large cities.—adj. Civ′ic, pertaining to a city or citizen.—City of God, Heavenly city, &c., the ideal of the Church of Christ in glory; City of refuge, by the Jewish law a city where the perpetrator of an accidental murder might flee for refuge.—Eternal city, Rome; Holy city, Jerusalem.—The City, The City of London, that part of London where business is principally carried on. [Fr. cité, a city—L. civitas, the state—civis, a citizen.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. city

    1. Any place where men have builded a jail, a bagnio, a gallows, a morgue, a church, a hospital, a saloon, and laid out a cemetery--hence a center of life. 2. A herding region; any part of the earth where ignorance and stupidity integrate, agglomerate and breed.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'city' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #392

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'city' in Written Corpus Frequency: #599

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'city' in Nouns Frequency: #96


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of city in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of city in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nick Crompton:

    England is my city

  2. Simondes of Ceos:

    The city is the teacher of the man.

  3. Sheila Dixon:

    It's affected the city in a good way.

  4. Federico Gutierrez:

    He must offer an apology to the city.

  5. Renee Lambert:

    I certainly see the city hunkering down.

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