municipal

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\

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

Cincinnati isn’t the first city in Ohio to end prosecution or enact municipal laws decriminalizing minor marijuana violations. Julia Starostina, Cincinnati.com, "'I don't think it's a great idea.' Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine not a fan of Cincinnati's marijuana decriminalization," 13 June 2019 Plastic microfibers, meanwhile, have been found in municipal drinking water systems and drifting through the air. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "The world's plastic pollution crisis explained," 12 June 2019 The records show that the money was initially allocated to feed federal immigration detainees and state and municipal inmates housed in the county jail. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al.com, "After losing reelection, these Alabama sheriffs took it out on their successors - and the public," 12 June 2019 The accident has raised concerns that at the municipal and national levels, where tourism has become a major source of revenue, political calculations and the drive for profit outweighed safety concerns. Pablo Gorondi, SFChronicle.com, "Sunken Danube tour boat is raised in Hungary, 4 bodies found," 11 June 2019 The low pressure was caused by an issue with the municipal water system, the department said on its Twitter account. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Inmates at Douglas prison given bottled water after municipal issue causes low water pressure," 8 June 2019 Sheri Lee Taylor, 33, of Milwaukee was arrested and issued a municipal citation for disorderly conduct after she was found intoxicated and causing a disturbance. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12-year-old punches mom in the forehead for regularly getting drunk; mother allegedly bites him," 27 June 2018 And since municipal authorities haven’t concluded their damage reports yet, those figures are only expected to rise. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Floods in Japan Leave at Least 176 People Dead," 11 July 2018 Amid the fuss, municipal authorities ordered a halt to construction, and final building permits have yet to be issued. Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "In split Cyprus, a homecoming digs up old conflicts," 28 June 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 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

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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 How to pronounce municipal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce municipal (audio) \

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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