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

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The general rule is that muni-bond-interest income typically is tax-free at the federal, state and local levels on bonds issued by your home state or a municipality within that state. Tom Herman, WSJ, "The Smart Ways to Be a Tax-Savvy Investor," 10 Feb. 2019 It is surrounded by a district municipality of the same name, which is inhabited by around 117,000 people. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Gift' Was Filmed in the Cutest Canadian Town," 25 Dec. 2018 Whenever a municipality is considering a tax, a media discussion typically follows suit — including a discussion about the health harms of soda. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Coca-Cola and Pepsi’s deceptive tactic to stop soda taxes worked in Washington state," 7 Nov. 2018 As goals are reached, a municipality can advance to higher levels of recognition. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air achieves several milestones, seeks sustainable community recertification," 10 July 2018 Ferdinand Bote, 57, the mayor of General Tinio, a municipality about 50 miles north of Manila, was in his car when a lone assailant on a motorcycle attacked him, the police said in a statement. Felipe Villamor, New York Times, "Mayor Is Gunned Down in Philippines, the Second in 2 Days," 3 July 2018 Ferdinand Bote, 57, the mayor of General Tinio, a municipality about 50 miles north of Manila, was in his car when a lone assailant on a motorcycle attacked him, police said in a statement. Felipe Villamor, BostonGlobe.com, "A second Philippine mayor is killed in two days," 3 July 2018 As a municipality, the road rights transfer to the new city. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Villager Q & A: Gordy Bunch, chairman The Woodlands Township Board of Directors," 22 June 2018 In addition, Jones had no experience as an assistant city manager running even a segment of a municipality. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Groveland still fighting former manager after two years," 18 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, 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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