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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In budget documents, Mr. Cuomo said the loss wasn’t a significant source of revenue for the affected municipalities. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Cuomo’s Budget Proposal Cuts Aid to Municipalities," 16 Jan. 2019 For a municipality looking for the safest way to transport thousands of citizens a day, that's a big benefit. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Are diesel’s days numbered? A view from a trip to BYD’s electric bus factory," 14 Aug. 2018 But Baker has been careful to keep his bill, and his broader housing efforts, purely optional, with incentives for municipalities that want to build, but no consequences for those that don’t. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Live where you work? In Waltham, that’s not so easy," 8 July 2018 The emerald ash borer has created issues for area municipalities shortly after it was first discovered in Illinois in 2006. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Zurich to replace 200 more trees this summer because of emerald ash borer," 22 June 2018 Gartner specializes in reviewing technology contracts for municipalities and businesses. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora council OKs tech contract," 15 June 2018 Still, such incidents have proven to be expensive for local municipalities. Alisa Roth, Vox, "A worried mom wanted the police to take her mentally ill son to the hospital. They shot him.," 30 May 2018 The Census Bureau did not release figures for all municipalities, but the numbers show New Haven, Norwalk and Stamford added residents over the year — with Stamford growing by nearly 1 percent. Matthew Kauffman, courant.com, "Connecticut's Population Grew By Fewer Than 500 People Last Year," 24 May 2018 Chattanooga may be an outlier—high-speed internet is not a magic bullet for every struggling municipality. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "A Public Option for the Internet," 8 May 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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