Denotation vs. Connotation

city hall

noun, (often initial capital letters)
the administration building of a city government.
a city administration or government.
Informal. a bureaucracy or bureaucratic rules and regulations, especially that of a city government:
You can't fight city hall.
Origin of city hall
1665-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for city hall
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The front and ends of the city hall are constructed of white marble, but the rear face is of brown stone.

  • Billy's "office," as he called it, was on the ground-floor of the city hall.

  • It was late afternoon on the day of the disaster when a tentative plan had been formulated in the city hall.

    Catastrophe and Social Change Samuel Henry Prince
  • They reached the city hall at last, but even then, the mayor was not allowed to get out.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow
  • October 13th, he spoke in the city hall at Glasgow, discussing slavery and free labor as comparative systems.

    Men of Our Times Harriet Beecher Stowe
British Dictionary definitions for city hall

city hall

the building housing the administrative offices of a city or municipal government
(mainly US & Canadian)
  1. municipal government
  2. the officials of a municipality collectively
(US, informal) bureaucracy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for city hall

city hall

noun phrase

The political powers and their haunts; those who control purse strings and patronage: see how city hall reacts (1890s+)

Related Terms

you can't fight city hall

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for city hall

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for city

Scrabble Words With Friends