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 treatiesU.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 peaOsbert 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

Examples of municipal in a Sentence

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Adjective
Though few details are currently known about what went down, the 37-year-old is reportedly facing charges of simple assault, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and obstructing the administration of law, according to a municipal summons obtained by TMZ. New York Daily News, The Mercury News, 6 June 2024 In 1916, a man named Arthur Looff built a pleasure pier parallel to and wider than Santa Monica’s skinny municipal pier. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024
Noun
In addition to considering Treasury bonds as an alternative to municipals, investors in the highest income tax brackets should also consider corporate bonds. Chris Gunster, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 The pair meet again when the young woman, infuriated by the municipal’s neglect, runs against Pierre in the next mayoral election. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Sep. 2023 See all Example Sentences for municipal 

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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 22 Jun. 2024.

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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