from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A center of population, commerce, and culture; a town of significant size and importance.
  • noun An incorporated municipality in the United States with definite boundaries and legal powers set forth in a charter granted by the state.
  • noun A Canadian municipality of high rank, usually determined by population but varying by province.
  • noun A large incorporated town in Great Britain, usually the seat of a bishop, with its title conferred by the Crown.
  • noun The inhabitants of a city considered as a group.
  • noun An ancient Greek city-state.
  • noun Slang Used in combination as an intensive.
  • noun The financial and commercial center of London. Used with the.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large and important town; any large town holding an important position in the state in which it is situated.
  • noun The inhabitants of a city, collectively.
  • noun Medina in Arabia, where Mohammed took refuge when driven by conspirators from Mecca, his native city, a. d. 622.
  • Pertaining to a city; urban: as, a city feast; city manners; “city wives,”
  • Pertaining to the class of tradespeople, as opposed to people of birth.
  • One engaged in mercantile pursuits, as distinguished from one whose interests are landed, agricultural, or professional; a business man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A large town.
  • 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.
  • noun The collective body of citizens, or inhabitants of a city.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to a city.
  • adjective See under Council.
  • adjective [U. S.] The municipal court of a city.
  • adjective [Obs.] a watchman, or the collective watchmen, of a city.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A large settlement, bigger than a town.
  • noun Australia The central business district; downtown.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts
  • noun an incorporated administrative district established by state charter
  • noun people living in a large densely populated municipality


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English cite, from Old French, from Latin cīvitās, from cīvis, citizen; see kei- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English cite, from Old French cité, from Latin cīvitās ("a union of citizens, a citizenry"). Displaced native Middle English burgh, borough ("fortified place, city") (Modern English borough) and sted, stede ("place, city") (Modern English stead).



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "City life is millions of people being lonesome together." - Henry David Thoreau

    July 30, 2008

  • Means "feelings" in Czech.

    July 13, 2009