Meaning of “inner city” in the English Dictionary

"inner city" in British English

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

"inner-city" in American English

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inner-cityadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈɪn·ər ˌsit̬·i/

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 ] us /ˈɪn·ər ˈsit̬·i/

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)

"inner city" in Business English

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inner citynoun [ C ]

uk us

the central part of a city where there are often problems because the people who live there are poor and the conditions they live in are bad:

At the top of his agenda is economic development in the nation's inner cities.
The plan will transform a depressed inner city area into a community with a new sense of optimism.
inner-city communities/neighbourhoods/schools
inner-city regeneration/revitalization

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