Meaning of “city” in the English Dictionary

"city" in English

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citynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsɪt.i/ us /ˈsɪt̬.i/

city noun [ C ] (TOWN)

A1 a large town:

Many of the world's cities have populations of more than five million.
Wellington is the capital city (= centre of government) of New Zealand.

any town in the UK that has a cathedral (= large, important church):

The city of Ely has about 15,000 inhabitants.

mainly US UK usually city council the government of a city:

It's the city's responsibility to maintain the pavements.
My father works for the city.

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city noun [ C ] (FINANCIAL CENTRE)

the City [ S ] UK

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the business centre of London where the large financial organizations are, such as the Bank of England:

He works in the City.
a City analyst

the financial organizations as a group and the people who work for them:

The City acted swiftly to the news of a fall in the value of sterling.

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

"city" in American English

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citynoun [ C ]

us /ˈsɪt̬·i/

a place where many people live, with many houses, stores, businesses, etc., and which is bigger than a town:

Canadians have built big, pleasant, and livable cities.
When their team won the World Series, the whole city celebrated.
Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand.

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

"the City" in Business English

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the Citynoun [ S ]

uk /ˈsɪti/ us /ˈsɪṱ-/ FINANCE

the business and financial centre of London, including Britain's main financial organizations such the Bank of England and the International Stock Exchange:

It is one of the City's leading investment banks.
The bank was founded over 300 years ago in the City of London.

London's financial organizations and the people who work for them, considered together as a group:

Two months ago the retail group surprised the City with record interim profits, up by 40% to £9.8m.

(Definition of “the City” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)