2. A corporate town; in the United States, a town or collective body of inhabitants, incorporated and governed
by a mayor and aldermen or a city council consisting of a board of aldermen and a common council; in
Great Britain, a town corporate, which is or has been the seat of a bishop, or the capital of his see.
A city is a town incorporated; which is, or has been, the see of a bishop; and though the bishopric has
been dissolved, as at Westminster, it yet remaineth a city.
When Gorges constituted York a city, he of course meant it to be the seat of a bishop, for the word
city has no other meaning in English law.
3. The collective body of citizens, or inhabitants of a city. "What is the city but the people?" Shak.
Syn. See Village.
City council. See under Council. City court, The municipal court of a city. [U. S.] City ward,
a watchman, or the collective watchmen, of a city. [Obs.] Fairfax.
(Cit"y), a. Of or pertaining to a city. Shak.
(Cive) n. (Bot.) Same as Chive.
(Civ"et) n. [F. civette (cf. It. zibetto) civet, civet cat, fr. LGr. zape`tion, fr. Ar. zubad, zabad,
1. A substance, of the consistence of butter or honey, taken from glands in the anal pouch of the civet It
is of clear yellowish or brownish color, of a strong, musky odor, offensive when undiluted, but agreeable
when a small portion is mixed with another substance. It is used as a perfume.
2. (Zoöl) The animal that produces civet (Viverra civetta); called also civet cat. It is carnivorous, from
two to three feet long, and of a brownish gray color, with transverse black bands and spots on the body
and tail. It is a native of northern Africa and of Asia. The name is also applied to other species of the
(Civ"et) v. t. To scent or perfume with civet. Cowper
Civic crown (Rom. Antiq.), a crown or garland of oak leaves and acorns, bestowed on a soldier who
had saved the life of a citizen in battle.
(Civ"ic) a. [L.civicus, fr. civis citizen. See City.] Relating to, or derived from, a city or citizen; relating
to man as a member of society, or to civil affairs.
(Civ"i*cism) n. The principle of civil government.
(Civ"ics) n. The science of civil government.
(Civ"il) a. [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See City.]
1. Pertaining to a city or state, or to a citizen in his relations to his fellow citizens or to the state; within
the city or state.
2. Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not barbarous; said of the community.
England was very rude and barbarous; for it is but even the other day since England grew civil.
3. Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to government; said of an individual.
Civil men come nearer the saints of God than others; they come within a step or two of heaven.
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