Definition of world city in US English:

world city


  • A cosmopolitan city, with resident and visiting foreigners.

    • ‘London's status as a great world city, that makes it so attractive to investment and as a place to live would be impossible without them.’
    • ‘The rise of the world city has also been seen as a function of its place within the organization of capital, services, and knowledge, rather than its place as a centre of physical production.’
    • ‘Some people have ambitions to make it a world city.’
    • ‘Hong Kong has branded itself as ‘Asia's world city.’’
    • ‘The mayor has got to decide which means more to him: London as a big business-dominated world city, or London as a sustainable city.’
    • ‘How can we remain the premier world city in Asia, moving even further up in the value chain and simultaneously making sure everybody in Hong Kong has the opportunity?’
    • ‘London is hyper-diverse, a world city in every sense.’
    • ‘Hundreds of consultants have asked for the job of selling Bradford as a top world city.’
    • ‘When it comes to indoor air pollution, such as smoking in work places, Hong Kong also lags behind another world city, New York.’
    • ‘Moreover, in contrast to previous research that has focused mainly on ‘global cities’ at the top of the world city system, its principal concern is the changing position of cities on the periphery of the global economy.’
    • ‘It is a world city with a diverse and multiracial population.’
    • ‘Montreal never pretends to be a world city, it is one!’
    • ‘We cannot afford to be a world city, with fantastic fireworks and the Olympics without also showing that we are dealing with our problem of homeless on the streets.’
    • ‘Manchester at the turn of the 20th century had a population of more than two million and it was during this period it became regarded as a great world city.’
    • ‘London is a great world city, more than capable of rising to the challenge.’
    • ‘The inquiry decided in favour of what it considered the national economic interest, emphasising the importance of keeping London at the forefront as a world city and financial centre.’
    • ‘The 2000 Olympics marked Sydney's debut as a self-conscious world city, and occasioned a plethora of celebratory histories.’
    • ‘There was praise for the landscape, sightseeing and London - ‘a world city full of different cultures’.’
    • ‘In the centre of a world city, this is an amazing resource: it can be used for very little cash from five o'clock in the morning to late in the evening.’
    • ‘Everyone who rejoiced thought of themselves primarily as citizens of a world city.’