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Definition of "city-state" [city-state]

  • A sovereign state consisting of an independent city and its surrounding territory. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "city-state" in a sentence
  • "Hell, I can call the city-state governor’s office for that matter."
  • "The investment also highlights the city-state's efforts to expand in specialized financial services; it has attracted aircraft lessors and financiers with supportive tax and legal moves."
  • "The city-state took in S$22.2 billion in tourism receipts in 2011, up 17% from 2010 while total international visitor arrivals climbed 13% to 13.2 million."