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.

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 commissions can be created in each municipality through action by the local city council or board of selectmen by July 1, 2023. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 The village of Strépy-Bracquegnies is in the municipality of La Louvière and about an hour south of Brussels. Aicha El Hammar Castano, ABC News, 20 Mar. 2022 As for her own body and its spaces: Hariadne, 23, was born and raised in the municipality of Carapicuíba in Greater São Paulo. Marley Marius, Vogue, 18 Jan. 2022 The Anchorage Health Department, which until recently had contracted with a provider to offer testing in the municipality, no longer oversees or controls testing operations. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Jan. 2022 After searching La Cuesta cave, located in the municipality of Grado, the team found a total of 209 late Roman-era coins, dated from between 200 and 400 C.E. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Jan. 2022 For charities located in a municipality, that requirement is two years. Cayla Harris, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Jan. 2022 One former SpaceX executive noted that the space company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, adjacent to the municipality’s airport, gives Mr. Musk quick access to a runway. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 As to retail sales tax, Laff said the money is remitted back to the municipality where the business is legally registered with the state, which might not be Naperville. Suzanne Baker,, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 May 2022

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“Municipality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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


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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