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

Examples of city hall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web March 23, 2020 The conflict comes as leaders in statehouses and city halls across the country increasingly step in to fill the void left by a fractiously divided Congress and an erratic President Trump. Los Angeles Times, "Who knows best? Mayors collide with governors over coronavirus lockdown," 25 Apr. 2020 Since the late 1800s, an Oak Creek building has been a schoolhouse, city hall, a photography studio, and most recently, an artisan and crafter consignment store and workshop. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A former Oak Creek schoolhouse will soon be opening as a coffeehouse and bakery," 3 Mar. 2020 Other nonessential government agencies, including courts and city halls also are closed. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Presidents Day 2020: What's open and closed," 17 Feb. 2020 Three early voting sites from the Nov. 5 election — Southside Independent School District headquarters and city halls in Converse and Olmos Park — will not be used for early polling. Scott Huddleston,, "Early voting for the Super Tuesday primary begins Tuesday at 38 sites across the San Antonio area," 14 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, Trotter organized mass protests at local theatres, city hall, and the statehouse. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Legacy of a Radical Black Newspaperman," 18 Nov. 2019 Just three days earlier, the city had conducted a in-person meeting of the common council at city hall, albeit with aldermen, the mayor and staff spread far apart in the council chamber. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha County communities, once slow to go digital, now must rely on technology to hold meetings during pandemic," 9 Apr. 2020 Running shootouts on Saturday in the northern state of Coahuila killed 21 people, including four police officers, as hordes of cartel gunmen opened fire on city hall in the municipality of Villa Union, some 40 miles southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas. David Agren, azcentral, "Mexico ambush: Suspects arrested after shootings that killed 9 women and children," 1 Dec. 2019 Concerned neighbors dialed city hall, the Pasadena Humane Society, U.S. Forest Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the last of which has the authority over such matters. La Cañada Valley Sun, "Hobbled fawn is rescued but dies after illegal trap removed by officials," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of city hall

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 May 2020

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“City hall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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