city hall

noun

Definition of city hall 

1 : the chief administrative building of a city

2a : a municipal government

b : city officialdom or bureaucracy you can't fight city hall

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The hospital now employs almost as many people as Halliburton, and the town is converting an abandoned Halliburton office into its new city hall. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "Oil’s New Technology Spells End of Boom for Roughnecks," 10 July 2018 But on Saturday, Waters appeared in front of the Los Angeles city hall to speak at one of the dozens of rallies across the country protesting the Trump administration's draconian treatment of immigrant families at the US-Mexico border. Luke Darby, GQ, "Maxine Waters Responds to Death Threats from Trump Supporters: "You Better Shoot Straight"," 1 July 2018 In a turnabout, the State Council, China’s cabinet, stopped hectoring city halls and townships to restrain spending and instead last week launched an inspection to urge them to speed up already approved investment projects to re-energize growth. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Mnuchin is in denial about the pain Trump's tariffs are inducing," 13 July 2018 In a turnabout, the State Council, China’s cabinet, stopped hectoring city halls and townships to restrain spending and instead last week launched an inspection to urge them to speed up already approved investment projects to re-energize growth. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China’s Effort to Control Debt Loses Steam," 12 July 2018 At the opening ceremony, known as El Chupinazo, a rocket is launched and wine is sprayed over the large crowds that gather outside Pamplona's city hall. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "Running of the bulls faces backlash from women and animal rights groups," 6 July 2018 Surprise's downtown includes its city hall, a library, a four-year university and plans for new popular restaurants. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "With little input, Surprise leaders OK big salary boost for mayor, council," 12 June 2018 The city’s law department and attorneys for the Jones’ family have reached terms of the settlement, according to the city hall official, who was not authorized to comment on the settlement and asked not to be identified. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Chicago agrees to pay $16 million to family of innocent bystander fatally shot by cop," 11 June 2018 Born in Volturara Appula, a town of 467 residents near Foggia, in the region of Puglia, Conte is the son of a retired city hall office worker and an elementary school teacher. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Resume of professor picked to be Italy's premier scrutinized," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of city hall

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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city hall

noun

English Language Learners Definition of city hall

: a city government's main building

: the government of a city

city hall

noun

Kids Definition of city hall

: the main administrative building of a city

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