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
Recent Examples on the Web The Anchorage acting mayor’s office plans to further ease some of the municipality’s COVID-19 restrictions in a new emergency order to be announced this week. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage to announce it will further ease COVID-19 restrictions, allowing more people in bars and restaurants," 28 Jan. 2021 Incoming officers have the lowest starting salary among parish law enforcement agencies, Fandal said, though Slidell has nearly three times the population of any other municipality on the north shore. Andrew Canulette, NOLA.com, "Unexpected surge in sales tax allows Slidell to hire officers, give raise to all employees," 27 Jan. 2021 Heavy rescue units from fire departments in every Jefferson County municipality are in Fultondale, according to the county’s emergency management agency. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Fultondale devastated by possible tornado: ‘Like a bomb went off’," 26 Jan. 2021 The municipality in Den Bosch designated large parts of the city as risk areas for Tuesday night, fearing a repeat of the violence. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, "Dutch police deployed in force to curb rioting, looting," 26 Jan. 2021 Each extension is the work of an individual municipality or park district, so there’s no target date for when the trail might be considered complete. John King, SFChronicle.com, "With new links that include grand parks and hidden nooks, the S.F. Bay Trail continues to grow," 22 Dec. 2020 The municipality, however, was made up of dozens of small towns and villages. Daniel Gonzalez, USA TODAY, "628 parents of separated children are still missing. Here's why immigrant advocates can't find them.," 11 Dec. 2020 In addition to state fees, motorists may be charged a $10 to $20 wheelage tax, which is money collected by a county or municipality to pay for road construction or transit projects. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Why are vehicle tabs more expensive in Minn. than in other states?," 4 Dec. 2020 Post restrictions in an easily identifiable location on municipality websites. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona health leaders want immediate COVID-19 intervention, including a curfew," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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8 Feb 2021

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“Municipality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/municipality. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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