city etymology

English word city comes from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe-, Old Latin ceivis, and later Proto-Italic *keiwis ((possibly) citizen. Society.)

Detailed word origin of city

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ḱe- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
ceivis Old Latin (itc-ola)
*keiwis Proto-Italic (itc-pro) (possibly) citizen. Society.
civis English (eng)
civis Latin (lat) Citizen.
civitatem Latin (lat)
citet Old French (fro) (chiefly, 12th century).
cite Middle English (enm) City.
city English (eng) (Australia) The central business district; downtown.. (UK) A settlement granted special status by royal charter or letters patent; traditionally, a settlement with a cathedral regardless of size.. A large settlement, bigger than a town.

Words with the same origin as city

Descendants of *ḱe-
a ai haircut hairy he hello her here hereby him hire his hit hits ho hoo hyah id it oui she shoe who whoa whoever
Descendants of ceivis
citadel citizen citizenship civic civil civilian civilisation civilization humility