city - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a large important town

    a thriving industrial city on the Tasmanian coast

    major city (=a large important city):

    New and better hotels are springing up in most of Russia’s major cities.

    1. b.
      the people who live in a city

      a city that is very optimistic about the future

  2. 2
    informal used after some nouns and adjectives to describe a place that has a lot of a particular quality

    ‘What was the party like?’ ‘Dull city.’