city hall


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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Mayor Christian Teyssedre told reporters the suspect was known to police for having defaced the city hall door in April, Sky News reported. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "French police chief fatally stabbed over dangerous dog ban, report says," 28 Sep. 2018 In January, the city council of San Jose, California, voted to remove a statue of Columbus from its city hall lobby. Samantha Willis, Glamour, "It's Not Just Confederate Monuments—all Statues of Problematic Men Must Go," 12 Aug. 2018 In Port Moresby, the city hall, international convention center, a court complex and a luxury hotel are among the projects built by China Railway Construction Engineering (PNG) Ltd. as part of Beijing’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "China, Wooing Summit Hosts, Stamps Its Mark in the South Pacific," 16 Nov. 2018 Yankeetown’s only restaurant is the Blackwater Grill, across the street from the city hall and an adjoining volunteer fire station housing a single shiny red truck. Amy Green, miamiherald, "With Gov. Scott and legislature in denial, tiny town adapts on its own to climate change," 11 July 2018 The city of Carlsbad wants to know what the community would like to see in a new city hall and civic center, which the city has been saving for and will be ready to start building in 2023. Laura Groch,, "On the agenda, July 8," 8 July 2018 The first step of the redevelopment was the new city hall which was dedicated in June 2016. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Plans for Katy Town Square advance," 18 June 2018 Tolleson Tolleson plans to set aside $11.5 million for a new city hall complex to raise the city's profile. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "Continuing to grow: Key projects taking off in 4 southwest Valley cities," 13 June 2018 The city of Jackson’s infrastructure is so badly compromised that a cold snap last January froze and burst pipes, cutting off water to city hall, where port-a-potties had to be installed to service the city’s legislators. Briahna Joy Gray, Daily Intelligencer, "Bernie Sanders in the Deep South," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of city hall

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of city hall

: a city government's main building
: the government of a city

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Kids Definition of city hall

: the main administrative building of a city

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