mu·​nic·​i·​pal·​i·​ty myu̇-ˌni-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē How to pronounce municipality (audio)
plural municipalities
: a primarily urban political unit having corporate (see corporate sense 1a) status and usually powers of self-government
Elections were held in the municipality.
: the governing body of a municipality
The municipality approved the budget for the year.

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 Joining other Southern California municipalities, Orange has announced plans to add dozens of license plate readers and video cameras to its streets in an effort to catch criminals traveling through the city. Caroline Petrow-Cohen, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2024 In Lee County and the other four municipalities, their rating dropped to a 10 — a 0% discount. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 The sponge city program was formally inaugurated by President Xi Jinping in 2015 with pilot projects in 16 Chinese cities and has since expanded to more than 640 sites in 250 municipalities around the country. Richard Schiffman, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 The county’s 31 municipalities will spend $955 million through 2040 to address climate change impacts, the group forecast last year. Michael Rubinkam, Fortune, 27 Mar. 2024 The Court of Appeal remanded the case back to the county court and the city, stating that the municipality should conduct a new city review process. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 13 Mar. 2024 The following April, Myers filed a suit against the village and several officials, accusing them of falsely arresting, threatening and harassing him in retaliation to his news stories about the municipality. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 12 Mar. 2024 The initiative of the Somerville Community Growing Center, a quarter-acre of green space in the middle in New England’s most densely populated municipality, was devised by two teachers hoping to give local students a hands-on science lesson. Ashley Stimpson, Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2024 The same goes for El Cajon, East County’s largest municipality, and a press release from U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff listing affected governments included no other spots in the county. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Municipality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


mu·​nic·​i·​pal·​i·​ty myu̇-ˌnis-ə-ˈpal-ət-ē How to pronounce municipality (audio)
plural municipalities
: a self-governing city or town

Legal Definition


mu·​nic·​i·​pal·​i·​ty myu̇-ˌni-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē How to pronounce municipality (audio)
plural municipalities
: a primarily urban municipal corporation
also : the governing body of a municipality

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