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n. pl. cit·ies
1. A center of population, commerce, and culture; a town of significant size and importance.
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.]
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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]


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
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(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]
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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
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - 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 - 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 - 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
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noun town, metropolis, municipality, conurbation, megalopolis Around the city small groups of police patrolled the streets.
Related words
adjective civic
see capital cities
"The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo" [Desmond Morris The Human Zoo]
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A large and important town:
Informal: burg, town.
Of, in, or belonging to a city:
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مَدِينَةمَدينَةٌ فيها كاتِدرائِيّه، حاضِرَهمَدينَه
kentşehiryerleşim birimi
thành phố


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


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
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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 boy
nGroßstadtkind nt, → Großstadtjunge m
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
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
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[ˈsɪtɪ] n the City (Fin) → la City di Londra


1. n(grande) città f inv
2. adj (centre) → della città; (life) → di città
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(ˈsiti) plural ˈcities noun
1. a very large town.
2. a town, usually with a cathedral, granted special rights.
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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
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n. ciudad;
___ dwellingresidencia en una ___.
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And behold, thereby came he unawares also to the gate of the GREAT CITY. Here, however, a foaming fool, with extended hands, sprang forward to him and stood in his way.
Guided by the noise of these habitually angry beasts, he stole forward through the trees until at last he came upon a level, treeless plain, in the centre of which a mighty city reared its burnished domes and vividly coloured towers.
"But now you can assist us most by directing us to the court of Salensus Oll, and suggesting some means by which we may gain admission to the city and the palace, or whatever other place we find our friends to be confined."
Here are, in its own words, the marching orders of this Company: "To connect one or more points in each and every city, town, or place an the State of New York, with one or more points in each and every other city, town, or place in said State, and in each and every other of the United States, and in Canada, and Mexico; and each and every of said cities, towns, and places is to be connected with each and every other city, town, or place in said States and countries, and also by cable and other appropriate means with the rest of the known world."
Tip was so anxious to rejoin his man Jack and the Saw-Horse that he walked a full half the distance to the Emerald City without stopping to rest.
The city of Wintoncester, that fine old city, aforetime capital of Wessex, lay amidst its convex and concave downlands in all the brightness and warmth of a July morning.
The City of New York was in the year of the German attack the largest, richest, in many respects the most splendid, and in some, the wickedest city the world had ever seen.
As they drew nearer to the Emerald City the travelers were filled with admiration for the splendid scenery they beheld.
Each city was seduced into a separate interest; the union was dissolved.
"Well, if he can tell us how to find the buried city of Kurzon and the--the things in it," said Tom, "he's all right!"
That was, in fact,--when, after having long groped one's way up the dark spiral which perpendicularly pierces the thick wall of the belfries, one emerged, at last abruptly, upon one of the lofty platforms inundated with light and air,--that was, in fact, a fine picture which spread out, on all sides at once, before the eye; a spectacle sui generis , of which those of our readers who have had the good fortune to see a Gothic city entire, complete, homogeneous,--a few of which still remain, Nuremberg in Bavaria and Vittoria in Spain,--can readily form an idea; or even smaller specimens, provided that they are well preserved,--Vitré in Brittany, Nordhausen in Prussia.
The spoor lay directly along the trail for another half-mile when the way suddenly debouched from the forest into open land and there broke upon the astonished view of the ape-man the domes and minarets of a walled city.