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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The meetings are scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. July 16 in the Highland Park council chambers, which are located on the second floor of its city hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave., and 10 a.m. July 24 in the board room of Barrington Village Hall, 200 S. Hough St. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Increased, more frequent rain in Lake County topic of upcoming public stormwater commission meetings," 14 June 2019 The announcement came Wednesday during Fouts' annual State of the City address, which focused on accomplishments and the mayor's long held dream for a walkable downtown around city hall,. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says new district court will be part of downtown plan for Warren," 5 June 2019 So they got married, a minor bureaucratic procedure in city hall, downtown, with no special outfits and no party. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 Children went about municipal duties in the small post office and city hall to learn to be good citizens. Carmen Giménez Smith, Harper's magazine, "Southern Cone," 10 June 2019 The driver picked the 4-foot-11 girl up without questioning her age and drove her to downtown Orlando, dropping her off alone behind city hall, Douglas said. Karina Elwood,, "Family demands ride-share changes after girl’s downtown Orlando suicide: ’Uber took my daughter past the point of no return’," 6 June 2019 Shortly after, Sam finds documents at city hall that point to a mysterious man named Pfeiffer, who was hired to get rid of the smell that was affecting the town. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is The Pied Piper and How Does He Connect to "The Society"?," 21 May 2019 The petition came after Coburn’s nude photos, which were sent in private communication on a gay dating app, were mailed to city hall by an anonymous source. Ryan Tarinelli, The Seattle Times, "Ousted gay Texas council member sues over recall defeat," 20 Nov. 2018 The city website already is displaying the new logo and coloring as is the sign outside city hall. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "South Milwaukee looks to reinvent itself through new branding, logo," 13 June 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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