Definition of city state noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


city state

BrE BrE//ˌsɪti ˈsteɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɪti ˈsteɪt//
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(especially in the past) an independent state consisting of a city and the area around it (for example, Athens in ancient times)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: city state