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City \Cit"y\ (s[i^]t"[y^]), n.; pl. Cities (s[i^]t"[i^]z). [OE. cite, F. cit['e], fr. L. civitas citizenship, state, city, fr. civis citizen; akin to Goth. heiwa (in heiwafrauja man of the house), AS. h[imac]wan, pl., members of a family, servants, h[imac]red 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.

    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.

  3. The collective body of citizens, or inhabitants of a city. ``What is the city but the people?''

    Syn: See Village.


n. (city English)

Cities (The Cat Empire album)

Cities is an album by The Cat Empire released on 1 April 2006. A limited release, 10,000 individually numbered copies have been made in digipak format.

On 29 October, the album won an ARIA Music Award under the category Best World Music Album.

The album was recorded at Sing Sing Studios in Richmond, Melbourne, Australia.

As well as The Cat Empire and the Empire Horns (Ross Irwin, Kieran Conrau and Carlo Barbaro), this project features many guest artists, including:

  • Alyssa Conrau (violin),
  • Kirsty Conrau (cello),
  • Novak Conrad (guitar),
  • Julie O'Hara (vocals in 'Song for Elias', 'Motion', 'Song for the Day', 'Side to Side', 'Waltz' and 'Luck Song'),
  • Nina Ferro (vocals, in 'Side to Side', 'Song for the Day' and 'Waltz'),
  • Greg Sheehan (talking tamb in 'Waltz'),
  • Bobby Singh (tablas in 'Cities' and 'Boogaloo'), and
  • Kumar Shome (sitar in 'Cities') .
Cities (Anberlin album)

Cities is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Anberlin, released on February 20, 2007. The songs "Godspeed" and "The Unwinding Cable Car" were released as singles with accompanying music videos. The album debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200.

Cities (TV series)

Cities is a Canadian documentary television series broadcast on CBC Television from 1979 to 1980, followed by repeats for two years. Produced and directed by John McGreevy.

The series featured a celebrity who would appear in an episode on location in a personal favourite city or more specific location. Appearances included Glenn Gould ( Toronto, Canada), Peter Ustinov ( Leningrad, Russia), Elie Wiesel ( Jerusalem, Israel), George Plimpton ( New York City, United States) and Mai Zetterling ( Stockholm, Sweden). Also appearing were Anthony Burgess, John Huston, Melina Mercouri and Hildegard Knef.

Cities (Talking Heads song)

"Cities" was a single released by the American new wave band Talking Heads. It is the fourth track on the 1979 album Fear of Music.

Cities (journal)

Cities is a bimonthly peer-reviewed academic journal published by Elsevier. It focuses on analysis and assessment of current and historical urban development and management resulting from urban planning policies, while proffering solutions in the form of more effective urban policy implementations. Coverage includes developed and developing nations. The editor-in-chief is A. Modarres ( University of Washington, Tacoma).

Usage examples of "cities".

All these cities were connected with each other, and with the capital, by the public highways, which, issuing from the Forum of Rome, traversed Italy, pervaded the provinces, and were terminated only by the frontiers of the empire.

If such was the poverty of Laodicea, what must have been the wealth of those cities, whose claim appeared preferable, and particularly of Pergamus, of Smyrna, and of Ephesus, who so long disputed with each other the titular primacy of Asia?

This wall of Antoninus, at a small distance beyond the modern cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, was fixed as the limit of the Roman province.

Instead of being confined within the walls of fortified cities, which the Romans considered as the refuge of weakness or pusillanimity, the legions were encamped on the banks of the great rivers, and along the frontiers of the barbarians.

The free states and cities which had embraced the cause of Rome were rewarded with a nominal alliance, and insensibly sunk into real servitude.

Asia was covered with Greek cities, and the long reign of the Macedonian kings had introduced a silent revolution into Syria and Egypt.

Scarcely had the proud structure of the Coliseum been dedicated at Rome, before the edifices, of a smaller scale indeed, but of the same design and materials, were erected for the use, and at the expense, of the cities of Capua and Verona.

When Pliny was intrusted with the government of Bithynia and Pontus, provinces by no means the richest or most considerable of the empire, he found the cities within his jurisdiction striving with each other in every useful and ornamental work, that might deserve the curiosity of strangers, or the gratitude of their citizens.

The solitudes of Asia and Africa were once covered with flourishing cities, whose populousness, and even whose existence, was derived from such artificial supplies of a perennial stream of fresh water.

The observation of the number and greatness of its cities will serve to confirm the former, and to multiply the latter.

Many were the cities of Gaul, Marseilles, Arles, Nismes, Narbonne, Thoulouse, Bourdeaux, Autun, Vienna, Lyons, Langres, and Treves, whose ancient condition might sustain an equal, and perhaps advantageous comparison with their present state.

Exhausted by the abuse of her strength, by America, and by superstition, her pride might possibly be confounded, if we required such a list of three hundred and sixty cities, as Pliny has exhibited under the reign of Vespasian.

Eleven cities of Asia had once disputed the honor of dedicating a temple of Tiberius, and their respective merits were examined by the senate.

Antioch and Alexandria looked down with disdain on a crowd of dependent cities, and yielded, with reluctance, to the majesty of Rome itself.

Maternus, a private soldier, of a daring boldness above his station, collected these bands of robbers into a little army, set open the prisons, invited the slaves to assert their freedom, and plundered with impunity the rich and defenceless cities of Gaul and Spain.