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[myoo-nis-uh-pal-i-tee] /myuˌnɪs əˈpæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural municipalities.
a city, town, or other district possessing corporate existence and usually its own local government.
a community under municipal jurisdiction.
the governing body of such a district or community.
1780-90; < French municipalité. See municipal, -ity
Related forms
intermunicipality, noun, plural intermunicipalities. Unabridged
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  • municipalities are banning these polluting features.
  • The public sector, including publicly-owned enterprises and the municipalities, plays the dominant role in the economy.
  • At first sight, this pair of near-future municipalities look pretty much alike.
  • Thousands of municipalities each worked to their local times.
  • Even today, in this economy, there are municipalities that consistently close out their annual budgets with a surplus.
  • Instead, the new laws took the form of state-imposed mandates on municipalities, to be paid for out of property taxes.
  • Those no longer supported by unemployment insurance get welfare from provinces and local municipalities.
  • All over the globe farmers and municipalities are pumping water out of the ground faster than it can be replenished.
  • Urban areas are cultural and technological epicenters ranging from quaint municipalities to sprawling megacities.
  • Plastic bottles are recyclable in theory, but many municipalities only accept certain types of plastic.
British Dictionary definitions for municipalities


noun (pl) -ties
a city, town, or district enjoying some degree of local self-government
the governing body of such a unit
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Word Origin and History for municipalities



1789, from French municipalité, from municipal (see municipal).

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Encyclopedia Article for municipalities


in the United States, urban unit of local government. A municipality is a political subdivision of a state within which a municipal corporation has been established to provide general local government for a specific population concentration in a defined area. A municipality may be designated as a city, borough, village, or town, except in the New England states, New York, and Wisconsin, where the name town signifies a subdivision of the county or state by area. The municipality is one of several basic types of local government, the others being counties, townships, school districts, and special districts

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