Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “inner-city”


adjective [not gradable]  /ˈɪn·ər ˌsit̬·i/ us  
found in or involving the older, central part of a city where there are poor people and bad housing: There are more problems in large, inner-city school districts.
inner city
noun [C]  /ˈɪn·ər ˈsit̬·i/ us  
The program gives kids from the inner city a taste of the wilderness.
(Definition of inner-city from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of inner-city?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day


a measure for liquid equal to about half a litre

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More