In England. An incorporated town or borough which is or has been the see of a bishop. Co. Litt. 108; 1 Bl. Coram. 114; Cowell. State v. Green, 126 N. a 1082, 35 S. E. 462. A large town incorporated with certain privileges. The inhabitants of a city. The citizens. Worcester. In America. A city is a municipal corporation of a larger class, the distinctive feature of whose organization is its government by a chief executive (usually called “mayor”) and a legislative body, composed of representatives of the citizens, (usually called a “council” or “board of aldermen,”) and other officers having special functions. Wight Co. Y. Wolff, 112 Ga. 160, 37 S. E. 395.
Law Dictionary – Alternative Legal Definition
government. A town incorporated by that name. Originally, this word did not signify a town, but a portion of mankind who lived under the same government: what the Romans called civitas, and, the Greeks polis; whence the word politeia, civitas seu reipublicae status et administratio.