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cit·y

 (sĭt′ē)
n. pl. cit·ies
1. A center of population, commerce, and culture; a town of significant size and importance.
2.
a. An incorporated municipality in the United States with definite boundaries and legal powers set forth in a charter granted by the state.
b. A Canadian municipality of high rank, usually determined by population but varying by province.
c. A large incorporated town in Great Britain, usually the seat of a bishop, with its title conferred by the Crown.
3. The inhabitants of a city considered as a group.
4. An ancient Greek city-state.
5. Slang Used in combination as an intensive: The playing field was mud city after the big rain.
6. City The financial and commercial center of London. Used with the.

[Middle English cite, from Old French, from Latin cīvitās, from cīvis, citizen; see kei- in Indo-European roots.]

city

(ˈsɪtɪ)
n, pl cities
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any large town or populous place
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) a large town that has received this title from the Crown: usually the seat of a bishop
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in the US) an incorporated urban centre with its own government and administration established by state charter
4. (in Canada) a similar urban municipality incorporated by the provincial government
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an ancient Greek city-state; polis
6. the people of a city collectively
7. (modifier) in or characteristic of a city: a city girl; city habits.
[C13: from Old French cité, from Latin cīvitās citizenship, state, from cīvis citizen]

City

(ˈsɪtɪ)
n
1. (Placename) short for City of London: the original settlement of London on the N bank of the Thames; a municipality governed by the Lord Mayor and Corporation. Resident pop: 7186 (2001)
2. (Banking & Finance) the area in central London in which the United Kingdom's major financial business is transacted
3. (Banking & Finance) the various financial institutions located in this area

cit•y

(ˈsɪt i)

n., pl. cit•ies.
1. a large or important town.
2. (in the U.S.) an incorporated municipality, usu. governed by a mayor and council.
3. the inhabitants of a city collectively: The entire city is celebrating.
4. (in Canada) a municipality of high rank, usu. based on population.
5. (in Great Britain) a borough, usu. the seat of a bishop, having its title conferred by the Crown.
6. the City, the commercial and financial area of London, England.
7. a city-state.
8. (often cap.) Slang. a place, person, or situation having certain features or characteristics (used in combination): The party last night was Action City. That guy is dull city.
[1175–1225; Middle English cite < Anglo-French, Old French cite(t) < Latin cīvitātem, acc. of cīvitās citizenry, town =cīvi(s) citizen + -tās -ty2]

City/Streetscapes

 

See Also: PLACES

  1. Alleys open and fall around me like footsteps of a newly shod horse —Frank O’Hara
  2. The ancient oaks … arched over the avenue like a canopy —John Kennedy Toole

    See Also: TREES

  3. The asphalt shines like a silk hat —Derek Walcott
  4. Bars were strung along the street like bright beads —Margaret Millar

    In her novel, Experiment in Springtime, Millar strings the actual names of the bars to this simile.

  5. A big limestone church hangs like a gray curtain under the street lamp —John Updike
  6. The black night falls like a shroud over the whole town —Lu Hsñn

    See Also: NIGHT

  7. A brutally ugly, utilitarian place, like a mill town without the mill —Jonathan Valin
  8. The city seems to uncurl like some hibernating animal dug out of its winter earth —Lawrence Durrell
  9. The city unwrinkles like an old tortoise —Lawrence Durrell
  10. Far below and around lay the city like a ragged purple dream —O. Henry
  11. In the distance, the city rose like a cluster of warts on the side of the mountain —Flannery O’Connor
  12. The noon sun put a glaze on them [the sidewalks], so that the cement burned and glittered like glass —Carson McCullers

    See Also: SUN

  13. The passing scene spread outside the windows like a plentiful, prim English tea —Dorothea Straus
  14. People [on crowded sidewalk] … jostling along like sheep in a pen that has no end —Maeve Brennan

    See Also: CROWDS

  15. The public streets, like built canals of air —David Denby
  16. Raw grass sprouted from the cobbles like hair from a deafened ear —Philip Levine
  17. The shadows of the palms lay like splash marks of dark liquid on the pavement —Ross Macdonald
  18. The shop fronts stood along that thoroughfare with an air of invitation, like rows of smiling saleswomen —Robert Louis Stevenson
  19. A steep lane, like a staircase —Émile Zola
  20. The street as gray as newspapers —Marge Piercy

    See Also: GRAY

  21. The street lay still as a photograph —Jack Finney
  22. The street shone … like a fire in a forest —Robert Louis Stevenson
  23. The streets looked as if they were made of silver, they were so bright and glistening —Oscar Wilde,
  24. The streets (of Bethany, Massachusetts), sparkled like high-gloss picture postcards sold in drugstores of small New England villages —Susan Richards Shreve
  25. Streets tangled like old string —W. H. Auden
  26. Street … that neither stank or sparkled but merely had a look of having been turned, like the collar on an old shirt —Hortense Calisher
  27. The town, like an upturned sky, swollen with human lights —Albert Camus
  28. The town [seen from a distance] looked small and clean and perfect, as if it were one of those miniature plastic towns sitting beside a child’s electric railroad —Ann Tyler
  29. A view (of Brewer) spread out below like a carpet —John Updike
  30. Village … jumbled and colorful like a postcard —George Garrett
  31. Wide, smooth, empty sidewalks looked like long canals of grey eyes —Ayn Rand
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.city - a large and densely populated urban areacity - a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts; "Ancient Troy was a great city"
concrete jungle - an area in a city with large modern buildings that is perceived as dangerous and unpleasant
central city, city center, city centre - the central part of a city
financial center - the part of a city where financial institutions are centered
down town, municipal center, civic center - the center of a city
inner city - the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city
medical center - the part of a city where medical facilities are centered
municipality - an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government
national capital - the capital city of a nation
provincial capital - the capital city of a province
state capital - the capital city of a political subdivision of a country
2.city - an incorporated administrative district established by state charter; "the city raised the tax rate"
administrative district, administrative division, territorial division - a district defined for administrative purposes
city district - a district of a town or city
city limit, city limits - the limits of the area occupied by a city or town
uptown - a residential part of town away from the central commercial district
public square, square - an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
3.city - people living in a large densely populated municipality; "the city voted for Republicans in 1994"
municipality - people living in a town or city having local self-government

city

noun town, metropolis, municipality, conurbation, megalopolis Around the city small groups of police patrolled the streets.
Related words
adjective civic
see capital cities
Quotations
"The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo" [Desmond Morris The Human Zoo]

city

noun
A large and important town:
Informal: burg, town.
adjective
Of, in, or belonging to a city:
Translations
مَدِينَةمَدينَةٌ فيها كاتِدرائِيّه، حاضِرَهمَدينَه
град
velkoměstoměstoměstskỳ
by
urbo
linn
شهر
kaupunki
grad
nagyvárosváros
kota
bærborgstórborg
都市
도시
civitasurbs
miestasdidmiestis
lielpilsētapilsēta
cetateoraşurbe
mesto
stad
mji
เมือง
kentşehiryerleşim birimi
місто
thành phố

city

[ˈsɪtɪ]
A. Nciudad f
the City (Brit) (Fin) el centro financiero de Londres
B. CPDmunicipal, de la ciudad
city centre, city center (US) Ncentro m de la ciudad
city council Nconcejo m municipal, ayuntamiento m
city desk N (Brit) (Press) → sección f de noticias financieras (de un periódico) (US) (Press) → sección f de noticias de la ciudad (de un periódico)
city dweller Nhabitante mf de una ciudad
city editor Nredactor(a) m/f encargado/a de las noticias financieras
city fathers NPLconcejales mpl
city hall Npalacio m municipal (US) → ayuntamiento m
city limits NPLperímetro msing urbano
city manager Nadministrador(a) m/f municipal
city news N (Brit) → noticias fpl financieras (US) → noticias fpl de la ciudad
city page N (Fin) → sección f de información financiera
city plan N (US) → plano m de la ciudad
city planner N (US) → urbanista mf
city planning N (US) → urbanismo m
city slicker N (pej) → capitalino/a m/f
City Technology College N (Brit) → Centro m de formación profesional
CITY NICKNAMES
Las ciudades estadounidenses a menudo tienen apodos por los que se las conoce informalmente. Por ejemplo, a Nueva York se la llama Big Apple, ya que apple en argot significa gran ciudad. Chicago es Windy City debido a los fuertes vientos que vienen del lago Michigan. A Nueva Orleans la llaman Big Easy, por la tranquilidad con la que se lo toman todo sus habitantes. Detroit tiene el apelativo de Motown, que es un compuesto de Motor y Town, por las fábricas de coches que hay en ella.
A otras ciudades estadounidenses se las conoce por sus iniciales, como por ejemplo, Los Angeles, LA y Dallas, Big D o por una parte de su nombre como Vegas, en lugar de Las Vegas o Corpus por Corpus Christi, en Texas.
También hay veces en las que se usa una versión acortada del nombre, como ocurre en el caso de San Francisco y Philadelphia, a las que se llama Frisco y Philly respectivamente.

City

[ˈsɪti] n
the City (in London)la Cité de Londres (centre des affaires)

city

[ˈsɪti]
nville f
modif [boy, girl, folk] → citadin(e); [life] → citadin(e)City and Guilds n (British)CAP m(= certificat d'aptitude professionnelle)city break n (TOURISM)court séjour m dans une grande villecity centre
ncentre-ville m
it's in the city centre → c'est au centre-ville
modif [restaurant, pub, street] → du centre-villecity dweller ncitadin(e) m/fcity hall City Hall [ˌsɪtiˈhɔːl] n
(= building) → hôtel m de ville
(US) (= city authorities) → administration f municipalecity technology college n (British)établissement m d'enseignement technologique

city

n
Stadt f, → Großstadt f; towns and citiesStädte und Großstädte; the city of Glasgowdie Stadt Glasgow
(in London) the Citydie City, das Banken- und Börsenviertel

city

:
city boy
nGroßstadtkind nt, → Großstadtjunge m
city-bred
adjin der (Groß)stadt aufgewachsen
city centre, (US) city center
nStadtmitte f, → Stadtzentrum nt, → Innenstadt f, → City f
city council
nStadtrat m
city councillor, (US) city councilorStadtrat m/-rätin f, → Stadtratsmitglied nt
city desk
n (Brit) → Finanz- und Wirtschaftsabteilung f (einer Redaktion); (US) → Abteilung ffür Lokalnachrichten
city dweller
nStadtbewohner(in) m(f)
city editor
n (Brit) → Wirtschaftsredakteur(in) m(f); (US) → Lokalredakteur(in) m(f)
city father
nStadtverordnete(r) m; the citysdie Stadtväter pl
city hall
nRathaus nt; (US: = municipal government) → Stadtverwaltung f
city life
n(Groß)stadtleben nt
city manager
n (US) → Oberstadtdirektor(in) m(f)
city page
n (Brit) → Wirtschaftsseite f
city person
n(Groß)stadtmensch m
cityscape
n(Groß)stadtlandschaft f
city slicker
n (pej inf)feiner Pinkel aus der (Groß)stadt (pej inf); (dishonest) → schlitzohriger Großstädter (pej inf)
city state
nStadtstaat m
City Technology College
n (Brit) → ˜ technische Fachschule
city treasurer
nStadtkämmerer m/-kämmerin f
city type
n(Groß)stadtmensch m

City

[ˈsɪtɪ] n the City (Fin) → la City di Londra

city

[ˈsɪtɪ]
1. n(grande) città f inv
2. adj (centre) → della città; (life) → di città

city

(ˈsiti) plural ˈcities noun
1. a very large town.
2. a town, usually with a cathedral, granted special rights.

city

مَدِينَة velkoměsto by Stadt πόλη ciudad kaupunki ville grad città 都市 도시 stad by miasto cidade город stad เมือง kent thành phố 城市

city

n. ciudad;
___ dwellingresidencia en una ___.
References in classic literature ?
As a further provision for the efficacy of the federal powers, they took an oath mutually to defend and protect the united cities, to punish the violators of this oath, and to inflict vengeance on sacrilegious despoilers of the temple.
In a poem he has to say that there is pride and rivalry between the cities of the earth, and that "the men that breed from them, they traffic up and down, but cling to their cities' hem as a child to the mother's gown.
It will be great art, I tell you, and wonder cities will arise that will make tawdry and cheap the cities of old time.
Tell our agents that we have a proposition on foot to connect the different cities for the purpose of personal communication, and in other ways to organize a GRAND TELEPHONIC SYSTEM.
Thus the highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans; the next best is to prevent the junction of the enemy's forces; the next in order is to attack the enemy's army in the field; and the worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities.
At night, one could distinguish nothing of all that mass of buildings, except the black indentation of the roofs, unrolling their chain of acute angles round the place; for one of the radical differences between the cities of that time, and the cities of the present day, lay in the façades which looked upon the places and streets, and which were then gables.
So to hold it they were compelled to dismantle many cities in the country, for in truth there is no safe way to retain them otherwise than by ruining them.
I think we do keep up the death statistics accurately; and if we do, our cities are healthier than the cities of Europe.
Sometimes when there was a great rain, and the stream came out of its banks, compelling him to urge his terrified flock to the uplands, he interceded for the people in the cities which he had been told lay in the plain beyond the two blue hills forming the gateway of his valley.
Hearing from his foreign correspondents of two women who had made successful first appearances, one at Milan and one at Florence, he had arranged to visit those cities, and to judge of the merits of the dancers for himself, before he joined the bride and bridegroom.
And if they are not, but these should be in the same situation with respect to their property which they are in other cities, what sort of a community will there be?
The day following the coming of Vas Kor to the palace of the Prince of Helium great excitement reigned throughout the twin cities, reaching its climax in the palace of Carthoris.

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