municipality

noun
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

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Eric spent most of his working career in the civil engineering field connected to multiple firms and municipalities. courant.com, "Eric James Ohlund," 24 Aug. 2019 The rules won't come into effect until January next year, and won't apply to plastic water bottles, said Ganesh Ghimire, the chief administrative officer of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality. Sugam Pokharel And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Nepal is banning single-use plastic in the Everest region," 22 Aug. 2019 The recent cyberattack in Texas, which crippled the computer systems of nearly two dozen cities simultaneously, has served as another reminder of how outgunned most municipalities are against sophisticated hackers. Frances Robles, New York Times, "When Ransomware Cripples a City, Who’s to Blame? This I.T. Chief Is Fighting Back," 22 Aug. 2019 This year’s event isn’t over and tentative plans are being made for next year, which include the Town of Perryville holding its Lower Ferry Festival on the same weekend to celebrate between both municipalities, with transportation between both. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Havre de Grace to host first Waterfront Festival with public art unveiling, fireworks," 22 Aug. 2019 Palm Beach County voters approved a one-cent sales tax increase in 2016 that is being split among schools and municipalities for construction projects. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Schools to get more portable classrooms in coming years," 21 Aug. 2019 Dunleavy introduces a revised state operating budget that includes sweeping cuts to state services and plans to divert revenue from municipalities to the state. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Timeline: The road to this year’s budget," 20 Aug. 2019 The ruling made ripples in California and other Western states, effectively blocking municipalities from citing or arresting those who violate local rules prohibiting camping in public areas. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach tentatively approves new police management contract," 20 Aug. 2019 While many of the state’s larger cities allow dispensaries, The Times found that 80 percent of California’s 500 municipalities do not. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Nearly four tons of pot buried in jalapeños seized in San Diego," 18 Aug. 2019

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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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municipality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of municipality

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

municipality

noun
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

municipality

noun
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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