Part of New York City, a large city with many tall buildings.



  • A large settlement, bigger than a town; sometimes with a specific legal definition, depending on the place.
  • A settlement granted special status by royal charter or letters patent; traditionally, a settlement with a cathedral regardless of size.
  • The central business district; downtown.
  • A large amount of something .


Broader meaning words


  • From Middle English city, citie, citee, cite, from Old French cité, from Latin cīvitās, from cīvis, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱey-.
  • Cognate with Old English hīwan. See hewe. civitas.
  • Mostly displaced native , whence Modern English burg.

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