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English definition of “city state”

city state

noun [C]     /ˌsɪt.iˈsteɪt/ US  /ˌsɪt̬-/
in the ancient world, a city and the area around it with an independent government: Rome and Athens were some of the great city states of the ancient world.Parts of countries
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