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City vs. Town

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Citynoun

A large settlement, bigger than a town.

‘São Paulo is one of the largest cities in South America.’;

Townnoun

A settlement; an area with residential districts, shops and amenities, and its own local government; especially one larger than a village and smaller than a city.

‘This town is really dangerous because these youngsters have Beretta handguns.’;

Citynoun

A settlement granted special status by royal charter or letters patent; traditionally, a settlement with a cathedral regardless of size.

Townnoun

Any more urbanized center than the place of reference.

‘I'll be in Yonkers, then I'm driving into town to see the Knicks at the Garden tonight.’;

Citynoun

(Australia) The central business district; downtown.

‘I'm going into the city today to do some shopping.’;

Townnoun

A rural settlement in which a market was held at least once a week.

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Citynoun

A large town.

Townnoun

The residents (as opposed to gown: the students, faculty, etc.) of a community which is the site of a university.

Citynoun

A corporate town; in the United States, a town or collective body of inhabitants, incorporated and governed by a mayor and aldermen or a city council consisting of a board of aldermen and a common council; in Great Britain, a town corporate, which is or has been the seat of a bishop, or the capital of his see.

‘A city is a town incorporated; which is, or has been, the see of a bishop; and though the bishopric has been dissolved, as at Westminster, it yet remaineth a city.’; ‘When Gorges constituted York a city, he of course meant it to be the seat of a bishop, for the word city has no other meaning in English law.’;

Townnoun

(colloquial) Used to refer to a town or similar entity under discussion.

‘Call me when you get to town.’;

Citynoun

The collective body of citizens, or inhabitants of a city.

Townnoun

(legal) A municipal organization, such as a corporation, defined by the laws of the entity of which it is a part.

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Cityadjective

Of or pertaining to a city.

Townnoun

(obsolete) An enclosure which surrounded the mere homestead or dwelling of the lord of the manor.

Citynoun

a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts;

‘Ancient Troy was a great city’;

Townnoun

(obsolete) The whole of the land which constituted the domain.

Citynoun

an incorporated administrative district established by state charter;

‘the city raised the tax rate’;

Townnoun

(obsolete) A collection of houses enclosed by fences or walls.

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Citynoun

people living in a large densely populated municipality;

‘the city voted for Republicans in 1994’;

Townnoun

A farm or farmstead; also, a court or farmyard.

Citynoun

a large town

‘one of Italy's most beautiful cities’; ‘the city council’;

Townnoun

Formerly: (a) An inclosure which surrounded the mere homestead or dwelling of the lord of the manor. [Obs.] (b) The whole of the land which constituted the domain. [Obs.] (c) A collection of houses inclosed by fences or walls.

Citynoun

a town created a city by charter and usually containing a cathedral.

Townnoun

Any number or collection of houses to which belongs a regular market, and which is not a city or the see of a bishop.

Citynoun

a municipal centre incorporated by the state or province.

Townnoun

Any collection of houses larger than a village, and not incorporated as a city; also, loosely, any large, closely populated place, whether incorporated or not, in distinction from the country, or from rural communities.

‘God made the country, and man made the town.’;

Citynoun

a place or situation characterized by a specified attribute

‘the staff were in turmoil—it was panic city’;

Townnoun

The body of inhabitants resident in a town; as, the town voted to send two representatives to the legislature; the town voted to lay a tax for repairing the highways.

Citynoun

short for City of London

Townnoun

A township; the whole territory within certain limits, less than those of a country.

Citynoun

the financial and commercial institutions located in the City of London

‘the Budget got a stony reception from the City’; ‘a City analyst’;

Townnoun

The court end of London; - commonly with the.

City

A city is a large human settlement. It can be defined as a permanent and densely settled place with administratively defined boundaries whose members work primarily on non-agricultural tasks.

Townnoun

The metropolis or its inhabitants; as, in winter the gentleman lives in town; in summer, in the country.

‘Always hankering after the diversions of the town.’; ‘Stunned with his giddy larum half the town.’;

Townnoun

A farm or farmstead; also, a court or farmyard.

Townnoun

an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city;

‘they drive through town on their way to work’;

Townnoun

an administrative division of a county;

‘the town is responsible for snow removal’;

Townnoun

the people living in a municipality smaller than a city;

‘the whole town cheered the team’;

Town

A town is a human settlement. Towns are generally larger than villages and smaller than cities, though the criteria to distinguish between them vary considerably in different parts of the world.

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