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
Recent Examples on the Web Hospitals in Anchorage have treated COVID-19 patients in several age groups, from late teens on, said Dr. Benjamin Westley, a physician who specializes in infectious diseases and has taken care of many COVID-19 patients in the municipality. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "‘More insidious than people realize:’ Thousands of younger Alaskans got sick with COVID-19. And they continue to drive up case counts.," 11 Oct. 2020 County spokesperson Cindy Mumby explained that annexation is driven by a municipality. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, "Bel Air to host Oct. 1 public meeting on annexation of field adjacent to historic Liriodendron Mansion," 28 Sep. 2020 Though breakdowns by municipality were not available, Tijuana is often the city in Mexico that receives the most remittances. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Immigrants, hit hard by the pandemic, are sending even more money back to Mexico," 5 Sep. 2020 Naperville approved a 3% marijuana sales tax, the maximum allowed by a municipality. Erin Hegarty, chicagotribune.com, "Naperville approved marijuana sales. Across the street, an Aurora dispensary still looks to open.," 27 Aug. 2020 The new museum, which has been five years in the making and was funded largely by the Frankfurt municipality, has more than 21,000 square feet of space and is capable of welcoming thousands of visitors daily. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Frankfurt’s $58 million Jewish museum reclaims Anne Frank’s forgotten roots," 25 Aug. 2020 The handbook says the signatures on the petitions must be verified by the municipality’s legislature and the county elections board. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Brecksville group wants to divide city into four wards, each represented by a council member," 24 Aug. 2020 In past days, hundreds of people with breathing problems have been waiting in line to get coronavirus tests at medical attention sites installed by the municipality. Gonzalo Solano, Star Tribune, "After Ecuador eased its lockdown, the virus surged in Quito," 29 July 2020 In Lakewood, New Jersey’s fastest-growing municipality, large families that are typical in the community pose a challenge. Henry Goldman, Bloomberg.com, "Orthodox Jewish Communities Chafe Under NYC Mask Crackdown," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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17 Oct 2020

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“Municipality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/municipality. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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municipality

noun
How to pronounce municipality (audio)

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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