city-state

[sit-ee-steyt]
noun
a sovereign state consisting of an autonomous city with its dependencies.

Origin:
1890–95

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city-state
 
n
a state consisting of a sovereign city and its dependencies. Among the most famous are the great independent cities of the ancient world, such as Athens, Sparta, Carthage, Thebes, Corinth, and Rome

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Example sentences
The word finance is a slavish word, unknown in the city-state.
Discusses the island-based city-state's management of forests on the mainland.
While oil revenues fueled its early development, now trade and tourism power
  this city-state's phenomenal growth rate.
The sorrowful satchel was the mascot of a citizens' rebellion against a
  proposed school restructuring in the city-state.
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