central city

noun
a city at the center of a metropolitan area.
Also called core city.
Compare inner city.


Origin:
1945–50

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Example sentences
The stink of exhaust, the mind-numbing tedium of traffic, parking lots
  blighting central city real estate.
Within the last decade, the town has experienced a huge influx of people from
  the central city and other suburbs.
Stalls are so prestigious in this central city market that family members will
  often camp out all night to hold on to a spot.
Rather, the suggestion is that demand for central city life has grown relative
  to demand for suburban life.
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