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

  • n. A sovereign state consisting of an independent city and its surrounding territory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A single city which is an independent sovereign state, or a sovereign state which embraces only one town or City.

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

  • n. a state consisting of a sovereign city


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  • Hell, I can call the city-state governor’s office for that matter.


  • The investment also highlights the city-state's efforts to expand in specialized financial services; it has attracted aircraft lessors and financiers with supportive tax and legal moves.

    Singapore Wealth Fund Gets Into Aircraft

  • The city-state took in S$22.2 billion in tourism receipts in 2011, up 17% from 2010 while total international visitor arrivals climbed 13% to 13.2 million.

    Singapore Fines Casinos for Admission Breaches

  • SINGAPORE—Singapore's gambling watchdog has fined the city-state's two licensed casino operators a total 385,000 Singapore dollars US$308,000 for breaches relating to the admission of unauthorized locals and minors into the two gambling facilities in 2010 and 2011.

    Singapore Fines Casinos for Admission Breaches

  • In Singapore this month, supermarket chains FairPrice and Carrefour said they would halt the sale of shark fin in outlets in the city-state, which has a majority-Chinese population.

    Ban on Shark Fin Soup Advances Through Asia

  • In a move bound to boost the city-state's share of the yuan-trading market, Beijing is preparing to name a central clearing bank for yuan funds in Singapore, Goh Chok Tong , chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, said recently.

    Singapore Has a Leg Up In Trading-Hub Race

  • He said the U.S. is considering a range of actions to strengthen military ties to Australia and the city-state of Singapore.

    Gates pledges wider U.S. military presence in Asia

  • GIC, with a portfolio valued at more than US$185 billion, manages the city-state's foreign exchange reserves.

    Australand, GIC Establish Logistics Joint Venture

  • And it was particularly odd when that role was assumed by the leaders of Singapore, a microdot of a city-state with a population of just five million.

    Zero-Sum Future

  • The city-state self-consciously and successfully positioned itself as a hub for Asian trade and as a bridge between East and West.

    Zero-Sum Future


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