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 Atwater Beach is part of Atwater Park, which is operated by the municipality of Shorewood. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 July 2021 Research into the involvement of Amsterdam's city fathers in the slave trade and slavery was commissioned by the municipality in 2019. Star Tribune, 1 July 2021 For event planners that are looking to host a function with more than 2,500 people outdoors, however, approval must be granted by the municipality and the state department of business regulations., 6 May 2021 Neither the state nor the Lake County Health Department reports vaccination percentages by municipality. Steve Sadin,, 6 Apr. 2021 The assault-style ban set by the municipality fell after a two-year court case, but is sure to stoke battles nationwide over city attempts to pass firearms regulations that are stricter than state or federal laws. USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2021 Without transparency, large amounts of public funds are spent on items the public might not approve of, and actions taken by the municipality become undiscoverable. Anchorage Daily News, 14 Mar. 2021 Mosaiske is working to reverse the decision by the Skien municipality. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 10 Mar. 2021 Since water qualities vary from state-to-state and even within each state due to water treatment plants are typically run by a local municipality, Wang tells me that knowledge is key. Meggen Taylor, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021

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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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“Municipality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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


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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