Meaning of “city state” in the English Dictionary

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"city state" in British English

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city statenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌsɪt.i ˈsteɪt/ us /ˌsɪt̬.i ˈsteɪt/

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.

(Definition of “city state” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"city-state" in American English

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city-statenoun [ C ]

/ˈsɪt̬·iˌsteɪt, -ˈsteɪt/

politics & government a city and its surrounding territory that together make an independent state

(Definition of “city-state” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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