A city is an area in which a large number of people live fairly close together. Cities usually have their own separate governments and systems for maintaining and providing utilities and transportation.

A city is basically a big town — the population is large in relation to the amount of land, since people often live in apartments or multi-family housing. The largest city in the world today is Shanghai, China. You can also call the residents of a city as a whole a city: "The city voted to increase recycling." City comes from the Latin civitatem, "citizenship," or "community of citizens," from the root civis, "citizen."

Definitions of city

n a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts

“Ancient Troy was a great city
metropolis, urban center
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
Type of:
an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government

n people living in a large densely populated municipality

“the city voted for Republicans in 1994”
Type of:
people living in a town or city having local self-government

n an incorporated administrative district established by state charter

“the city raised the tax rate”
Type of:
administrative district, administrative division, territorial division
a district defined for administrative purposes

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