1

municipal

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

Definition of municipal

  1. 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 treaties — U.S. Stat. 750

  2. 2a :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a municipality municipal government municipal water supplies municipal elections municipal courtsb :  having local self-government

  3. 3 :  restricted to one locality a new very municipal variety of dwarf sweet pea — Osbert Sitwell

Origin and Etymology of municipal

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


First Known Use: circa 1550


2

municipal

noun mu·nic·i·pal

Definition of municipal

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

Origin and Etymology of municipal

see 1municipal


First Known Use: 1925


MUNICIPAL Defined for English Language Learners

1

municipal

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

Definition of municipal for English Language Learners

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


MUNICIPAL Defined for Kids

municipal

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

Definition of municipal for Students

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


Law Dictionary

1

municipal

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

Legal Definition of municipal

  1. 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. 2a :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a municipality the municipal counsel b :  having local self-government a municipal district

  3. 3 :  restricted to one locality


2

municipal

noun mu·nic·i·pal

Legal Definition of municipal

  1. :  a security issued by a state or local government or by an authority set up by such a government —usually used in plural — see also municipal bond at bond 2



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up municipal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to criticize severely

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ