mu·​nic·​i·​pal·​i·​ty | \ myu̇-ˌni-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē How to pronounce municipality (audio) \
plural municipalities

Definition of municipality

1 : a primarily urban political unit having corporate (see corporate sense 1a) status and usually powers of self-government Elections were held in the municipality.
2 : the governing body of a municipality The municipality approved the budget for the year.

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Examples of municipality in a Sentence

laws that have been enacted by many states and municipalities a municipality with an excellent police department
Recent Examples on the Web Bill White, a three-year resident of the area, and a handful of state legislators from outside Atlanta have used crime fears to push for Buckhead to secede from the city and create its own municipality. Tyler Estep, ajc, 12 Oct. 2021 Contact your local municipality or visit CompostNow's site which lists participating services around the country — some even provide at-home starter kits and regular curbside pickup. Michaela Hermanova, Good Housekeeping, 30 July 2021 Check with your municipality or waste hauler for details, or plug in your zip code at's recycling center locator or call 1-800-CLEANUP (1-800-253-2687). Dan Shapley, Popular Mechanics, 9 July 2021 And check with your municipality to find out if permits are required. New York Times, 3 July 2021 Fort Morgan remains unincorporated and without full-time police or fire services or ordinances establishing local laws, although representatives with the Fort Morgan Civic Association would like to establish their own municipality. al, 3 July 2021 Given the average age of Democratic leadership, many of them probably learned or honed this strategy back when Americans watched one of three evening news broadcasts and read their municipality’s largest paper daily. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, 12 June 2021 For my readers in California, check to see if your municipality is participating and get involved! Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Without question, the best thing about our municipality is the people who live here., 7 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'municipality.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of municipality

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of municipality was in 1790

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18 Oct 2021

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“Municipality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of municipality

: a city or town that has its own government to deal with local problems also : the group of people who run such a government


mu·​nic·​i·​pal·​i·​ty | \ myu̇-ˌni-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē How to pronounce municipality (audio) \
plural municipalities

Kids Definition of municipality

: a town or city having its own local government


mu·​nic·​i·​pal·​i·​ty | \ myu̇-ˌni-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē How to pronounce municipality (audio) \
plural municipalities

Legal Definition of municipality

: a primarily urban municipal corporation also : the governing body of a municipality

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