municipality

noun
mu·nic·i·pal·i·ty | \myu̇-ˌni-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē \
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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Permits decreased 20 percent in the Fox Valley, with 335 issued by municipalities through June, compared with 417 in the same span last year. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Home building slows in metro Milwaukee during the first half of the year," 10 July 2018 In recent election cycles, the PRI lost 38 percent of its municipalities in Chihuahua, 35 percent in Tlaxcala, 31 percent in Hidalgo, and 60 percent in Tamaulipas. Michael Lettieri, Washington Post, "Mexico votes tomorrow. Here’s how the country will be radically transformed when the PRI loses.," 30 June 2018 In order to remain competitive, Missouri and its municipalities must give current and future residents and businesses safe and effective infrastructure. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Although primarily a titular role, mayors in the Netherlands are responsible for safety and public order in their municipalities. Fortune, "Amsterdam Has Had a Mayor for Centuries. Femke Halsema Is About to Become Its First Female One," 28 June 2018 Although primarily a titular role, mayors in the Netherlands are responsible for safety and public order in their municipalities. Joost Akkermans, BostonGlobe.com, "Amsterdam is about to get its first female mayor," 28 June 2018 While the City of Aberdeen waits on Harford County to study its water rates, city officials will continue its talks with Havre de Grace about getting water from its neighboring municipality. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Aberdeen to continue water talks with Havre de Grace, nail down costs," 14 June 2018 Under the new funding plan starting this year, fund managers can report their municipalities to the state Comptroller’s Office. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "No layoffs, but underfunded pensions and $1.3 million deficit loom large in North Chicago budget," 6 June 2018 Rather, the increase, from .02 cents per $100 assessed valuation to .04 cents, will be culled from the county and its municipalities, county attorney Scott McClure said. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Porter County doubles bridge repair funding," 30 Apr. 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 : the group of people who run such a government

municipality

noun
mu·nic·i·pal·i·ty | \myu̇-ˌni-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē \
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 \
plural municipalities

Legal Definition of municipality 

: a primarily urban municipal corporation also : the governing body of a municipality

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