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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Building permits are meant to provide an early indication of construction activity in Canada and are based on a survey of 2,400 municipalities, representing 95% of the country’s population. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada Housing Starts Climbed 28% in June," 10 July 2018 As budget time approaches for local municipalities, the answer remains unclear. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Big Bend is still interested in contracting for fire and rescue services. But is it worth it?," 6 July 2018 Shaw now works as an interim city manager for Texas First helping municipalities across the state, this stop at Liberty. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty rehires former interim city manager," 3 July 2018 In Germany, investigations are underway from three different municipalities: Munich, Stuttgart, and Braunschweig. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Audi CEO connected to diesel scandal arrested in Germany after phone taps," 18 June 2018 Most of the process involves the state and the local municipality, but the expansion would also have to fit into the county's waste management plan. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "With lawsuits already filed over Zion landfill odor, residents wary of possible expansion," 7 June 2018 The only Idaho municipality to make the list of 15 fastest-growing enclaves of 50,000 or more was Meridian, Boise's rival in all things growth-related. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Idaho has built homes faster than any state but Utah, Census says. But is it enough? | Idaho Statesman," 24 May 2018 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

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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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