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From Middle English city, citie, citee, cite, from Old French cité, from Latin cīvitās (“citizenry; community; a city with its hinterland”), from cīvis (“native; townsman; citizen”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱey- (“to lie down, settle; home, family; love; beloved”).
Displaced native Middle English burgh, borough (“fortified town; incorporated city”) and sted, stede (“place, stead; city”).
- citie, cittie, cyte, cytee (obsolete)
- IPA(key): /ˈsɪti/
- (Northern England) IPA(key): /sɪtɪ/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɪɾi/
city (plural cities)
- A large settlement, bigger than a town; sometimes with a specific legal definition, depending on the place.
São Paulo is the largest city in South America.
- (Britain) A settlement granted special status by royal charter or letters patent; traditionally, a settlement with a cathedral regardless of size.
- (Australia) The central business district; downtown.
I’m going into the city today to do some shopping.
- (slang) A large amount of something (used after the noun).
- It’s video game city in here!