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  • cyte (13th - 16th centuries)


From Middle English cite, from Old French cité, from Latin cīvitās (citizenry; community; a city with its hinterland), from civis (native; townsman; citizen), from Proto-Indo-European Proto-Indo-European *ḱey- (to lie down, settle; home, family; love; beloved). Cognate with Old English hīwan (members of one's household, servants, plural). See hewe.

Displaced native Middle English burgh, borough (fortified town; incorporated city) and sted, stede (place, stead; city).


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


city (plural cities)

  1. A large settlement, bigger than a town.
    São Paulo is one of the largest cities in South America.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 29686887 , chapter IV:
      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”, in 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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  1. nominative plural of cit
  2. accusative plural of cit
  3. vocative plural of cit
  4. instrumental plural of cit



Borrowed from English city.


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.