City

The medieval city of Sienna with its town square and magnificent town hall. A modern suburb can be seen in the background.

A city is a place where many people live together.

A city has many buildings and streets. It has houses or apartments for many people to live, shops where they may buy things, places for people to work and a government organisation to run the city, and to keep law and order in the city. People live in cities because it is easy for them to find and do the things they want there. A city usually has a "city centre" where government and business take place, and places called suburbs where people live around the outside of the centre.

Definition

Tirana, capital of Albania

There is no rule that is used all over the world to decide why some places are called "city" and other places are called "town".

Some things that make a city are:

In American English, people often call all places where many people live cities. [1] (See below: Size of cities)

Other Languages
Адыгэбзэ: Къалэ
Afrikaans: Stad
Alemannisch: Stadt
አማርኛ: ከተማ
Ænglisc: Burg
Аҧсшәа: Ақалақь
العربية: مدينة
aragonés: Ciudat
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܡܕܝܢܬܐ
armãneashti: Câsâbă
arpetan: Vela
asturianu: Ciudá
авар: Шагьар
Aymar aru: Marka
azərbaycanca: Şəhər
تۆرکجه: شهر
বাংলা: শহর
Bahasa Banjar: Kuta
Bân-lâm-gú: Siâⁿ-chhī
башҡортса: Ҡала
беларуская: Горад
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Горад
भोजपुरी: शहर
Bikol Central: Syudad
български: Град
Boarisch: Stod
བོད་ཡིག: གྲོང་ཁྱེར།
brezhoneg: Kêr
буряад: Хото
català: Ciutat
Чӑвашла: Хула
Cebuano: Dakbayan
čeština: Město
Chamoru: Dangkulo
Chavacano de Zamboanga: Ciudad
chiShona: Guta
Cymraeg: Dinas
dansk: By
Deitsch: Schtadt
Deutsch: Stadt
eesti: Linn
Ελληνικά: Πόλη
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Sitê
English: City
español: Ciudad
Esperanto: Urbo
estremeñu: Ciá
euskara: Hiri
فارسی: شهر
Fiji Hindi: City
føroyskt: Býur
français: Ville
Frysk: Stêd
furlan: Citât
Gaelg: Caayr
Gagauz: Kasaba
Gàidhlig: Baile mòr
galego: Cidade
贛語: 城市
Gĩkũyũ: Cĩtĩ
ગુજરાતી: શહેર
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Sàng-sṳ
한국어: 도시
Hawaiʻi: Kūlanakauhale
Հայերեն: Քաղաք
हिन्दी: शहर
hornjoserbsce: Město
hrvatski: Grad
Ido: Urbo
Igbo: Ama ukwu
Ilokano: Siudad
Bahasa Indonesia: Kota
interlingua: Citate
Interlingue: Cité
ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ/inuktitut: ᓄᓇᓖᑦ
Ирон: Сахар
íslenska: Borg
italiano: Città
עברית: עיר
Basa Jawa: Kutha
ಕನ್ನಡ: ನಗರ
къарачай-малкъар: Шахар
ქართული: დიდი ქალაქი
қазақша: Қала
Kiswahili: Jiji
коми: Кар
Kreyòl ayisyen: Vil
Kurdî: Bajar
Кыргызча: Шаар
Ladino: Sivdad
лакку: Шагьру
лезги: Шегьер
Latina: Urbs
latviešu: Pilsēta
Lëtzebuergesch: Stad
lietuvių: Miestas
Limburgs: Sjtad
lingála: Engumba
la .lojban.: tcadu
lumbaart: Cità
magyar: Város
मैथिली: शहर
македонски: Град
Malagasy: Tanàna
മലയാളം: നഗരം
Māori: Tāone
मराठी: शहर
مصرى: مدينه
مازِرونی: شهر
Bahasa Melayu: Bandar raya
Baso Minangkabau: Kota
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Siàng-chê
Mirandés: Cidade
монгол: Хот
Nāhuatl: Altepetl
Dorerin Naoero: Tekawa
Na Vosa Vakaviti: Siti
Nederlands: Stad
Nedersaksies: Stad (woonstee)
नेपाली: सहर
नेपाल भाषा: नगर
日本語: 都市
Napulitano: Cità
нохчийн: ГӀала
Norfuk / Pitkern: Citii
norsk: By
norsk nynorsk: Storby
Nouormand: Cité
occitan: Vila
олык марий: Ола
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Shahar
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਸ਼ਹਿਰ
پنجابی: شہر
Patois: Siti
Plattdüütsch: Stadt
polski: Miasto
Ποντιακά: Πόλη
português: Cidade
qırımtatarca: Şeer
Ripoarisch: Stadt
română: Oraș
Romani: Foro
Runa Simi: Hatun llaqta
русиньскый: Місто
русский: Город
саха тыла: Куорат
Scots: Ceety
shqip: Qyteti
sicilianu: Citati
සිංහල: නගර
سنڌي: شهر
slovenčina: Mesto (všeobecne)
slovenščina: Mesto
словѣньскъ / ⰔⰎⰑⰂⰡⰐⰠⰔⰍⰟ: Градъ
ślůnski: Mjasto
Soomaaliga: Caasimad
کوردی: شار
српски / srpski: Град
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Grad
Basa Sunda: Kota
suomi: Kaupunki
svenska: Stad
Tagalog: Lungsod
தமிழ்: மாநகரம்
Taqbaylit: Aɣrem
tarandíne: Cetata granne
татарча/tatarça: Шәһәр
తెలుగు: నగరము
ไทย: นคร
тоҷикӣ: Шаҳр
ᏣᎳᎩ: ᎦᏚᎲᎢ
Türkçe: Şehir
українська: Місто
اردو: شہر
vèneto: Sità
vepsän kel’: Lidn
Tiếng Việt: Thành phố
Võro: Liin
West-Vlams: Stad
Winaray: Syudad
吴语: 城市
Xitsonga: Dorobha
ייִדיש: שטאט
Yorùbá: Ìlú
粵語: 城市
Zazaki: Sûke
Zeêuws: Stad
žemaitėška: Miests
中文: 城市