municipal

adjective
mu·​nic·​i·​pal | \ myu̇-ˈni-s(ə-)pəl also myə- How to pronounce municipal (audio) , 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

Maribel Leyland, Burbank’s housing authority manager, said the city currently has a municipal code that provides relocation assistance to tenants if their unit is being converted into a condominium. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "Burbank to consider relocation assistance for renters," 30 June 2018 The common council voted 6-1 on June 19 not to renew the license until Olympia complies with municipal codes. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "No liquor license for Olympia Resort until new owners make repairs, officials say," 25 June 2018 In San Francisco, 150 illicit massage businesses have been shut down since 2015 largely thanks to enforcement of a new municipal code. Justine Mcdaniel, Philly.com, "'Who's buying sex in Center City on lunch break?' Bill takes aim at sex trafficking at massage parlors," 22 June 2018 Run by volunteers, it is governed under rules in the city’s municipal code. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Beer, wine approved for outdoor Park Ridge Farmers Market," 19 June 2018 In 2015, women were elected to municipal councils for the first time. Kimberly Hutcherson, CNN, "Saudi Arabia issues its first driver's licenses to women," 4 June 2018 That is meant to change on May 6th, when voters choose municipal councils for the first time. The Economist, "The uncertain promise of local elections in the birthplace of the Arab spring," 3 May 2018 While the current municipal code already includes protections required by federal law for certain classes, such as race or religion, multiple LGBTQ advocates are calling on cities and other jurisdictions to include LGBTQ protections. Jonece Starr Dunigan, AL.com, "How Montevallo came to be the second city in Alabama to pass LGBTQ protections," 25 Apr. 2018 On Wednesday night and by a unanimous vote, the City Council gave preliminary approval to amending the municipal code to provide rules and regulations that will make way for mobile vehicles to sell frozen treats. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin City Council gives initial nod to lifting 45-year ice cream truck ban," 22 Mar. 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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