Definition of mother city in English:

mother city

Pronunciation /ˈmʌðə ˌsɪti/


  • 1A metropolis; the principal city of a region.

  • 2South African The city of Cape Town.

  • 3A city in relation to its colonies or dependencies; the city from which the founders of a colony came.


Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From mother + city.