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  • cyte (13th - 16th centuries)


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).


  • IPA(key): /ˈsɪti/, (North of England) IPA(key): /sɪtɪ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪti
  • Hyphenation: cit‧y
Part of New York City, a large city with many tall buildings.


city (plural cities)

  1. A large settlement, bigger than a town.
    São Paulo is one of the largest cities in South America.
    • 1908, W. B. M. Ferguson, Zollenstein, chapterIV:
      So this was my future home, I thought! [] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
    • 2014 June 14, “It's a gas”, The Economist, volume 411, number 8891: 
      One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. Isolating a city’s effluent and shipping it away in underground sewers has probably saved more lives than any medical procedure except vaccination.
  2. (Australia) The central business district; downtown.
    I'm going into the city today to do some shopping.

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city f (invariable)

  1. city (financial district of a city)

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city n

  1. inner city, the commercial centre of a medium-sized or larger city
    Lite närmare city, i närheten av konstmuseet, ligger Norrköpings mest attraktiva lägenheter.
    A little closer to the town centre, next to the art museum, you'll find Norrköping's most attractive apartments.
    Det finns mycket att förbättra i vårt city.
    There are many things that need improvement in our inner city.

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  • centrum is used for the commercial centre of suburbs and small or medium-sized towns.