municipal

1 of 2

adjective

mu·​nic·​i·​pal myu̇-ˈni-s(ə-)pəl How to pronounce municipal (audio)
 also  myə-,
mə-,
-ˈni-sə-bəl,
 nonstandard  ˌmyü-nə-ˈsi-pəl
1
: of or relating to the internal affairs of a major political unit (such as a nation)
municipal legislation … enacted for the fulfillment of the treaties U.S. Stat. 750
2
a
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a municipality
municipal government
municipal water supplies
municipal elections
municipal courts
b
: having local self-government
3
: restricted to one locality
a new very municipal variety of dwarf sweet pea Osbert Sitwell

municipal

2 of 2

noun

: a security issued by a state or local government or by an authority set up by such a government
usually used in plural

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
As Utah’s climate changes, less water is available, while municipal and industrial demands keep growing and lakes shrivel into puddles. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Nov. 2022 Equatorial Guinea's government released preliminary election results on Monday showing that the ruling party had received 99 percent of the votes counted so far in Sunday's presidential, legislative, and municipal elections. Harold Maass, The Week, 21 Nov. 2022 Preliminary election results released by Equatorial Guinea’s government on Monday showed the ruling party winning over 99% of votes counted so far in presidential, legislative, and municipal elections held on Sunday. Reuters, CNN, 21 Nov. 2022 Glastonbury voters authorized the town to borrow an additional $3 million for the town’s land acquisition and preservation fund for both municipal and preservation purposes. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 9 Nov. 2022 Democrats are running against Democrats in six House races, 18 state races, and dozens of municipal and local elections around California in November. Ken Bensinger, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2022 Though some city funds were used on international travel, city money was generally used for municipal and mayoral advocacy organizations. Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Oct. 2022 Stephens said none of the municipal or private entities is committed to any financial support if the CVB and BJCC do not come to an agreement. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 18 Oct. 2022 The whole process became a toss-up between getting the word out and risking municipal and parental wrath. Gino Sesto, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022
Noun
Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of districts from the local municipal to congressional levels, which happens every 10 years using the latest census data. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Nov. 2021 That is partly due to the fact that municipal and county achievements are often collective efforts and that Ciattarelli was in the minority in the Legislature. Dustin Racioppi, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 Though city commissioners opted not to take action against the Chamber’s headquarters, its unclear how the city’s municipal and business leaders will patch up their rift. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Feb. 2021 Last year, local governments issued 1.9 trillion yuan of project municipals. Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2019 The result of the postponements of the May municipal and school elections would require the incumbents remain in office until the election in November and carry on as if nothing had changed. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, 25 Mar. 2020 The Ministry of Finance has a roundabout way to stop this discrepancy from causing widespread problems: prevent troubled local municipals from flooding the market with new notes. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2019 Many bonds, especially municipals, carry bid/asked price spreads for retail buyers. Russ Wiles, azcentral, 4 Aug. 2019 Many bonds, especially municipals, carry bid/asked price spreads for retail buyers. Russ Wiles, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Noun

Latin municipalis of a municipality, from municip-, municeps inhabitant of a municipality, from munus duty, service + capere to take — more at mean, heave entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of municipal was circa 1550

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Cite this Entry

“Municipal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/municipal. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

municipal

adjective

mu·​nic·​i·​pal
myu̇-ˈnis-(ə-)pəl
: of or relating to a municipality
municipal government

Legal Definition

municipal 1 of 2

adjective

mu·​nic·​i·​pal myu̇-ˈni-sə-pəl How to pronounce municipal (audio)
1
: of or relating to the internal affairs of a major political unit (as a nation)
was sentenced by a court of municipal, not international, jurisdiction
compare domestic
2
a
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a municipality
the municipal counsel
b
: having local self-government
a municipal district
3
: restricted to one locality

municipal

2 of 2

noun

: a security issued by a state or local government or by an authority set up by such a government
usually used in pl.
see also municipal bond at bond sense 2
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