city Definition

  • 1a large town
  • 2a place or situation characterized by a specified attribute
  • 3a place where a bishop's see is located

Using city: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "city" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    New York City is the largest city in the United States.

  • Example

    The city of Paris is known for its art and culture.

  • Example

    The city was bustling with activity during the festival.

  • Example

    The bishop's palace is located in the city.

city Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for city

Idioms Using city

  • in New York City, which is known for its 24-hour lifestyle and constant activity


    She loves living in the city that never sleeps because there is always something to do.

  • a tale of two cities

    a story or situation involving two contrasting or opposing places or groups


    The novel 'A Tale of Two Cities' contrasts life in London and Paris during the French Revolution.

  • Paris, France, which is known for its beauty, culture, and intellectualism


    She has always dreamed of visiting the city of light and experiencing its art and history.

Phrases with city

  • the central part of a city, typically where poverty and social problems are prevalent


    The inner city has been neglected for years, leading to high crime rates and poor living conditions.

  • city slicker

    a person from the city who is regarded as sophisticated or pretentious


    He may be a city slicker, but he still enjoys spending time outdoors.

  • the boundaries of a city, beyond which the authority of the city does not extend


    The new development is just outside the city limits, so it will not be subject to city taxes.

Origins of city

from Old French 'cite', from Latin 'civitas', meaning 'citizenry'


Summary: city in Brief

The term 'city' [ˈsɪti] refers to a large town, often characterized by a specific attribute. It can also refer to the location of a bishop's see. Examples include 'New York City' and 'the city of Paris.' Phrases like 'inner city' denote areas with poverty and social issues, while idioms like 'in the city that never sleeps' describe the constant activity of places like New York. 'City' is a formal term that can be used interchangeably with 'metropolis' or 'municipality.'

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