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 Some 10,000 Israelis have been riding free on Friday nights and Saturdays since a new Sabbath-only transit network was rushed into service in November by Tel Aviv and three neighboring municipalities. David M. Halbfinger, BostonGlobe.com, "Defying the rabbis, Tel Aviv rolls out Sabbath bus service," 11 Jan. 2020 But Tulare Lake, once one of the largest lakes in the West, has dried up because the streams and rivers that fed it were diverted and the water is used for agriculture and municipalities. Los Angeles Times, "What causes dangerous tule fog in California’s Central Valley, and why is it becoming less common?," 11 Jan. 2020 Police deployed to separate the two sides, after which the protesters left the area outside the municipality building in central Beirut. Washington Post, "Lebanese protesters close road; scuffles injure 14 soldiers," 10 Jan. 2020 Some 10,000 Israelis have been riding for free on Friday nights and Saturdays since a new Sabbath-only transit network was rushed into service in November by Tel Aviv and three neighboring municipalities. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Defying the Rabbis, Tel Aviv Rolls Out Sabbath Bus Service," 10 Jan. 2020 Republicans are opposed to the new laws and municipalities across the state have declared themselves sanctuary cities for the Second Amendment. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "Virginia lawmakers ban guns at state Capitol in first of many expected firearm votes," 10 Jan. 2020 Under current law, planning jurisdictions for all municipalities can be extended 5 miles beyond their corporate limits. al, "Mobile councilman: Police jurisdiction cut unrelated to annexation vote," 31 Dec. 2019 The city annexed the 3,343 acres on which the Canyons development will sit back in 2009, a year after Castle Pines incorporated as Colorado’s latest municipality. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Castle Pines set to double in size as growth in Douglas County continues to surge," 30 Dec. 2019 The Free Press also left email and/or telephone messages seeking comment Friday with clerks in the other Wayne, Oakland and Macomb municipalities cited in the report. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Audit: Hundreds of local election officials in Michigan lack required training," 27 Dec. 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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Municipality.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/municipality. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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municipality

noun
How to pronounce municipality (audio)

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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