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[n] people living in a large densely populated municipality; "the city voted for Republicans in 1994"
[n] an incorporated administrative district established by state charter; "the city raised the tax rate"

Misc. Definitions

\Cit"y\, n.; pl. {Cities}. [OE. cite, F. cit?, fr. L. civitas citizenship, state, city, fr. civis citizen; akin to Goth. heiwa (in heiwafrauja man of the house), AS. ?, pl., members of a family, servants, ? family, G. heirath marriage, prop., providing a house, E. hind a peasant.]
1. A large town.
2. A corporate town; in the United States, a town or collective body of inhabitants, incorporated and governed by a mayor and aldermen or a city council consisting of a board of aldermen and a common council; in Great Britain, a town corporate, which is or has been the seat of a bishop, or the capital of his see. A city is a town incorporated; which is, or has been, the see of a bishop; and though the bishopric has been dissolved, as at Westminster, it yet remaineth a city. --Blackstone When Gorges constituted York a city, he of course meant it to be the seat of a bishop, for the word city has no other meaning in English law. --Palfrey
3. The collective body of citizens, or inhabitants of a city. ``What is the city but the people?'' --Shak. Syn: See {Village}.
\Cit"y\, a. Of or pertaining to a city. --Shak. {City council}. See under {Council}. {City court}, The municipal court of a city. [U. S.] {City ward}, a watchman, or the collective watchmen, of a city. [Obs.] --Fairfax.

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