- 1577 obs. rare
from Latin cīvitās (city), Italian cività:
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1577 - see EXAMPLE below
"...The Irish call it, Ballée er Cleagh, that is, a towne planted vpon hurdelles. For the com∣on opinion is, that the plotte, vppon which, the ciuitie is buylded, hath béene a marishe ground, & for that by the arte or inuention of the first founder, the water could not be voyded, he was forced to fasten the quakemyre with hurdles, and vpon them to buylde the citie...."
From: The Firste (Laste) Volume of the Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande
- Raphael Holinshed
- Compiled by Richard Stanyhurst