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Cité, Citté, Cit(t)ie, n. Also: citee, cyte; scitie. [ME. cité (c 1225), citee, cyte(e, citie, etc., OF. cité, cyté, L. cīvitāt-, cīvitas. Cf. Ceté and Cieté.] A city, town.(a) 1375 Barb. iii. 213.
To Rome … Thar to distroye the cite all
Ib. xv. 92.
All the vitalis of that cite
a1400 Leg. S. ii. 931.
In cites and wildirnes
c1420 Wynt. i. 563.
Witht-in that ile ar citeis ten
1456 Hay I. 38/35.
Thai that biggit the citee of Rome
Ib. 172/15.
Citeis and realmes of other mennis
1491 Acta Conc. 188/1.
Ane lande … liand in the citee of Sanctandr[es]
Johne Litstane, citiner of the said cite
a1500 Seven S. 13.
For hir the cite made gret mane
1513 Doug. i. v. 38.
Of Padva the cite
Ib. viii. 100.
Into the realm of Sycill als haue we Frendis and citeis
1549 Compl. 11/23.
Al the fayr ande best lyik ȝong vemen of that cite
1561 St. A. Kirk S. 137.
Be frequenting and dayle residence mackeyn in this cite
c1590 J. Stewart 40/370.
Brochs, towns, and citeis var beseidged about
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xxix. 683.
To cyteis & tonys sere
Ib. xxxiii. 220.
Al the folk of ȝone cyte
c1420 Wynt. i. 898.
Thar lyis off Damask the cyte
Ib. iv. 2504.
All regyownys, Cyteys, castellys, and all townys
1513 Doug. xii. xi. 124.
He … blent to the cyte prest
Ib. xiii. x. 95.
O happy cyte, and weil fortunat wall
(c) a1400 Leg. S. ix. 28.
To the nexte citte thai cane pase
Ib. x. 42.
He … come one case til a citte
?1438 Alex. ii. 3082.
His menȝe, That hes assegit his citte
1450 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 127.
The inhabitantis of the citte of Brechine
1489 Wemyss Chart. 112.
Thys indentur maide at the citte of Sanctandrois
(d) 1535 Stewart 28891.
Into that schire, With euerie scitie that wes neir besyde
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 3109.
Tyll his cheif citie he reterit
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 179.
Thair wes ane earth quaik in the cittie of Glasgow
a1578 Pitsc. I. 6/2.
Pas thow with diligence To Sanctandrois that fair citie
1611-57 Mure Dido i. 524.
A shaddy groave amidst this citty grew
1657 Rec. Old Aberd. i. 94.
The hundreth merkis … left in legacie … for the vse of the said cittie

b. Attrib. with wall. 1513 Doug. x. ii. 21.
The battellis charge, And governance haill of hys cite wallys

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