municipal

adjective
mu·​nic·​i·​pal | \myu̇-ˈni-s(ə-)pəl also myə-, mə-, -ˈni-sə-bəl, nonstandard ˌmyü-nə-ˈsi-pəl\

Definition of municipal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2a : 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

noun

Definition of municipal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Check your municipal regulations and/or homeowner association rules. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018 And at the municipal level in post-bankruptcy Detroit. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Can Abdul El-Sayed Pull Off the Next Big Progressive Midterm Upset in Michigan?," 1 Aug. 2018 Yet the problem won’t be solved unless Monrovia can find the money and civic will to build a municipal water system of its own. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Monrovia, Indiana’ Review: Palpitations in the Heartland," 25 Oct. 2018 But go swimming as much as possible—the municipal pools are great, cheaper, and open until late in the evening. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Iceland Is Not Overrun With Tourists, Despite What Everyone Says," 25 Oct. 2018 In reality this is the municipal airport in Alexandria, Louisiana. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130J Super Hercules Is Ready for the Worst," 9 Oct. 2018 Perelman says one important step that could be added to the new bid process is a municipal or regional referendum, which would offer more transparency and ideally, a better understanding of the financial stakes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Olympics try more city-friendly bid process: Will it work?," 8 Oct. 2018 The International Committee of the Red Cross says around 20 percent of the city’s population depends on the municipal water system, which has been down since the start of the fighting. Amir Shah, The Seattle Times, "Taliban overrun Afghan army base, kill 17 troops," 14 Aug. 2018 The Red Cross said roughly 20 percent of the city's population depends on the municipal water system, which has been down since the start of the fighting. Frank Miles, Fox News, "US, Afghan forces battle Taliban in Ghazni," 14 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Vernon's Democratic Candidates VERNON — The Vernon Democratic Town Committee endorsed Dr. Ellen L Marmer to run for Mayor in the November municipal. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 31 July 2017 Medical transport should be a public municipal service free at the point of use—like fire protection or street cleaning—and yet has instead become another industry on the take. Adam Gaffney, New Republic, "How Medical Bills Harm Us All," 6 June 2017 Fairwood, who also gave reports on bicycle lane options at an April municipal services meeting, outlined three options for the board to consider: • Kathy Routliffe, chicagotribune.com, "Committee recommends against Central Avenue bike lanes," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of municipal

Adjective

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for municipal

Adjective

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

Noun

see municipal entry 1

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municipal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of municipal

: of or relating to the government of a city or town

municipal

adjective
mu·​nic·​i·​pal | \myu̇-ˈni-sə-pəl \

Kids Definition of municipal

: of or relating to the government of a town or city municipal buildings

municipal

adjective
mu·​nic·​i·​pal | \myu̇-ˈni-sə-pəl \

Legal Definition of municipal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2a : 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

noun

Legal Definition of municipal (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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