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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cit"y
  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 citybut the people?" [Shak.]
    synonyms: See Village.

Etymology: OE. cite, F. cité, fr. L. civitas citizenship, state, city, fr. civis citizen; akin to Goth. heiwain heiwafrauja man of the house), AS. hīwan, pl., members of a family, servants, hīred family, G. heirath marriage, prop., providing a house, E. hind a peasant

adjective Cit"y
Of or pertaining to a city.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. People living in a large densely populated municipality ("the city voted for Republicans in 1994")
  2. A large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts ("Ancient Troy was a great city")
  3. An incorporated administrative district established by state charter ("the city raised the tax rate")

From Middle English cite, from Old French cité, from Latin cīvitās (“citizenry; community; a city with its hinterland”), from civis (“native; townsman; citizen”), from Proto-Indo-European *key- (“to lie, homestead”). Cognate with Old English hīwan (“members of one's household, servants”, plural). See .

Displaced native Middle English burgh, borough (“fortified town; incorporated city”) and sted, stede (“place, stead; city”).

  1. A large settlement, bigger than a town.
    São Paulo is one of the largest in South America.
  2. (Australia) The central business district; downtown.
    I'm going into the today to do some shopping.

city was also found in the following language(s): Italian and Swedish

Notable Persons Named City

City and Colour is a folk music, acoustic music, post-hardcore, and melodic hardcore musician, singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, vocalist, guitarist, and pianist. He was most prominent from 2001 to present. City was given the name Dallas John Green on September 29th, 1980 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. City is also known as City, Colour, and Dallas Green (musician).


City Spud is a hip hop music, rhythm, blues, and pop-rap rapping and record producer. He plays MPC 3000, K2000 Rack, Korg Trinity, Mo Phatt, Roland 1080, and Roland JD800. He was most prominent from 1995 to present. City was given the name Lavell E. Webb on August 31st, 1975.


Notable Persons With the Last Name City


Mike City is a rhythm, blues, and hip hop music singer-songwriter, record producer, and rapping. He plays Keyboard instrument, Synthesizer, Drum machine, Wurlitzer, Drum kit, and Bass guitar. His most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to present. Mike was given the name Michael Flowers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Mike is also known as Mikey Dan and Mikey Dan (as background vocalist).


Paul Stonehouse (on loan fromOxford City is a sports team member for the Slough Town F.C.


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Popularity of City as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity City U.S.
  White 27.73% 64.26%
  African American 60.50% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.56% 16.26%

Of Last Name City

People with the last name City are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name City

  • How Popular is the name City? As a last name City was the 140,157th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name City first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name City is Tuesday, September 17th, 1889.
  • How unique is the name City? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name City. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name City: Your name in reverse order is Ytic. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tyic. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name City? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 119 people with the last name City.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of City? City is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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