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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Another new state law gives telecommunication companies relief on franchise fees paid to municipalities. Dylan Mcguinness, ExpressNews.com, "New property tax law could end up costing San Antonio taxpayers more," 12 June 2019 The company serves fleets of any size, in any industry from pest control to grounds management to food and beverage to municipalities. Mike Albert, Cincinnati.com, "Mike Albert associates keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the future," 7 June 2019 The Boise ruling applies to municipalities in California and eight other states, said Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, one of the groups that represented the plaintiffs in the case. Dorany Pineda, latimes.com, "Councilmen weigh legal action, saying other cities are pushing homeless into L.A.," 5 June 2019 Global scrap prices plummeted, prompting waste-hauling companies to pass the cost of sorting and baling recyclables on to municipalities. Mary Esch, The Seattle Times, "China’s ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants," 19 May 2019 The system counts only bodies that are brought to San Juan or were confirmed by a medical examiner traveling to the local municipality. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Maria killed more than 4,600 people, not 64. That’s more than 70 times the official estimate.," 29 May 2018 Because municipalities there have less wiggle room, Illinois may be ground zero for a wave of cash-flow problems. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Prophet of Muni Market Doom Wasn’t Wrong—Just Early," 26 Oct. 2018 Ten municipalities still have intermittent internet and phone service, said Sandra Torres, president of the island's telecommunications regulatory board. Danica Coto, Fox News, "Puerto Rico unveils new emergency preparations after Maria," 12 Sep. 2018 Most cities and many small municipalities have architectural salvages that will happily take those fixtures off your hands. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "To renovate or not to renovate?," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of municipality

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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