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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
From city + state. (Wiktionary)
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.