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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Two park regulars, Essence Franklin, 25, and fellow New York municipal employee Mary Van Noy, 34, have grown accustomed to the park’s public art installations. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "Heavy Breathing in Manhattan Park Is Not What Anyone Thinks It Is," 2 July 2018 The government has established a Land Dispute Arbitration Committee to address concerns, and officials have said in the absence of a title, residents may present tax receipts and certificates from municipal officials. Rina Chandran, The Christian Science Monitor, "Philippine city ushers in 'community-led rehabilitation' after siege," 29 June 2018 On Thursday, municipal officials certified that residents seeking to oust Isgro had a total of 887 valid signatures, forcing a recall election on June 12. refinery29.com, "Republican Mayor Faces Recall Vote After Taunting David Hogg On Twitter," 4 May 2018 Fidel Antonio Moreno Briones, who serves as the central link between the municipal governments and the Sandinista Liberation Front and its youth organization, was sanctioned for his alleged links to the political violence. Ian Talley, WSJ, "U.S. Treasury Sanctions Three Nicaraguan Officials Amid Deadly Political Violence," 5 July 2018 Tech funds tied to municipal governments have also recently set up abroad: Beijing’s Danhua Capital and Hangzhou’s HEDA Investment are both in Silicon Valley. The Economist, "China’s new $15bn tech fund emulates SoftBank’s Vision Fund," 5 July 2018 Forty-three states now have laws preventing municipal governments from passing gun regulations that go further than state ones. NBC News, "'We don't have to accept the carnage': Towns take a stand on gun control," 2 July 2018 County and municipal governments will receive a total of $115 million, and state agencies will will receive $18.25 million, as specified by 2012 law creating the impact fee. Andrew Maykuth, Philly.com, "Pa. discloses how it will divvy up $210M in shale gas fees," 21 June 2018 Currently, no states in the country require bicycle helmets for adults, though more than 60 municipal governments do, according to data compiled by the nonprofit Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Why I loathe bicycle helmets," 21 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

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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