from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A city governed as an autonomous political unit under international auspices.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a city or town independent in its government and franchises, as formerly those of the Hanseatic league.
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The city of Bremen with the surrounding territory was in 1731 recognized as a free city of the empire, and in 1803 received an increase of territory; in 1815 it entered the German Confederation, in 1866 the North German
The small free city of Donauwörth fell under the imperial ban for violating the religious peace.