• (noun): A center of population, commerce, and culture; a town of significant size and importance.
  • (noun): An incorporated municipality in the United States with definite boundaries and legal powers set forth in a charter granted by the state.
  • (noun): A Canadian municipality of high rank, usually determined by population but varying by province.
  • (noun): A large incorporated town in Great Britain, usually the seat of a bishop, with its title conferred by the Crown.
  • (noun): The inhabitants of a city considered as a group.
  • (noun): An ancient Greek city-state.
  • (noun): Slang Used in combination as an intensive: The playing field was mud city after the big rain.
  • (noun): The financial and commercial center of London. Used with the.

Translate definitions to

Wordnet definitions

  • (noun): people living in a large densely populated municipality; "the city voted for Republicans in 1994"
  • (noun): an incorporated administrative district established by state charter; "the city raised the tax rate"
  • (noun): a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts; "Ancient Troy was a great city"

Look up "city" to find its meanings and associations with other words and concepts


A city is a large human settlement. Cities generally have extensive systems for housing, transportation, sanitation, utilities, land use, and communication. Their density facilitates interaction between people, government organizations and businesses, sometimes benefiting different parties in the process.
Historically, city-dwellers have been a small proportion of humanity overall, but following two centuries of unprecedented and rapid urbanization, roughly half of the world population now lives in cities, which has had profound consequences for global sustainability. Present-day cities usually form the core of larger metropolitan areas and urban areas—creating numerous commuters traveling towards city centers for employment, entertainment, and edification. However, in a world of intensifying globalization, all cities are in different degree also connected globally beyond these regions.
The most populated city proper is Shanghai while the most populous metropolitan areas are the Greater Tokyo Area, the Shanghai area, and Jabodetabek (Jakarta). The cities of Faiyum, Damascus, and Varanasi are among those laying claim to longest continual inhabitation.

Example Sentences

  • How many school buses that could have taken them out of the city just sat there, unused, because the * city* government couldn't get their girdle in gear abuot it?

  • So ˜Istanbul™ denotes one thing, namely the Turkish city, ˜city™ denotes many things, namely all cities, and

  • _ A town or village so _near_ to a _city_ that it may be used for residence by those doing business in the city.

  • Rome created the word that denotes this marvellous and monstrous phenomenon, of history, the enormous city, the deceitful source of life and death -- _urbs_ -- _the city_.

  • The observation of even the miscellaneous objects in a large city leads to a variety of concepts, and in the end, by comparison, to the general notion, _city_.

Related Words

Link to this page


Suggested products