Definitions

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  • n. A sovereign city, as in Ancient Greece, often part of a federation of such cities.

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  • n. a state consisting of a sovereign city

Etymologies

From city + state. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For all her military might, Sparta was a small city state with a population diminished by the terrible wars which had raged through the Peleponnese.

    Lion Of Macedon

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