Definition of city in English:

city

Syllabification: cit·y
Pronunciation: /ˈsitē
 
/

noun (plural cities)

  • 1A large town: [as modifier]: the city center
    More example sentences
    • So can we have some sensible ideas for developing our city centre and outlying towns.
    • The city centre is a beautiful mixture of old and new, all of it tinted in a reddish pink.
    • Is it any wonder that our town and city centres are blighted with multitudes of empty shops?
  • 1.1North American An incorporated municipal center.
  • 2 [with modifier] informal A place or situation characterized by a specified attribute: panic city
    More example sentences
    • Anyway this girl on Saturday was on her way to hot date city.
    • When we came out of the restaurant it was flashbulb city and you can't see a thing.
  • 3 (the City) The financial and commercial district of London, England.
    More example sentences
    • Whenever a house in W11 comes up for sale, it is paid for by millions made on Wall Street or in the City.
    • He works for a bank in the City and set the website up a month ago.
    • Rose, who is originally from London, used to work in the heart of the City.

Derivatives

cityward

adjective & adverb
More example sentences
  • Still she kept her face cityward and avoided eye contact with the gatekeepers.
  • Fertility rates will continue to decline in most cities, as will the pace of cityward migration.
  • In contrast to the views from the Nature Trail which face south and cityward, these are mostly east over wilderness.

citywards

adverb
More example sentences
  • Peasants had thronged citywards from the provinces to make their money in Shanghai.
  • Of recent years the migration citywards has been increasing steadily, the majority being in the younger brackets from 18 years to 25 years.
  • He therefore early felt the call citywards and fourteen years ago made his way to Harrisonburg, with no definite objective in mind.

citywide

adjective
More example sentences
  • Officials see a citywide wireless network as a potential revenue source, a way to bridge the digital divide and a means of attracting tourists.
  • Businesses might also pay a little extra to have a secure portion of the citywide network for their own use, he said.
  • The problem is that local banks are now busy establishing their own network, without time to consider a complete citywide ATM network.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French cite, from Latin civitas, from civis 'citizen'. Originally denoting a town, and often used as a Latin equivalent to Old English burh 'borough', the term was later applied to foreign and ancient cities and to the more important English boroughs.

More definitions of city

Definition of city in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody