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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.
Origin of municipality
1780-90; < French municipalité. See municipal, -ity
Related forms
intermunicipality, noun, plural intermunicipalities. Unabridged
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  • There are also municipal plans where your municipality, your city or town will give you incentives to purchase a solar system.
  • municipality seeks civilian police director to replace retiring police chief as head of local police department.
  • When purchasing a product, check the number on the bottom of the container to make sure your municipality can recycle it.
  • If you want distributed power you can install hydro-electric generators on the water supply in every municipality.
  • Your municipality may also have resources on emergency planning in your immediate area.
  • Church, municipality and the private sector kept musicians busy.
  • Purchase products in containers recyclable in your municipality.
  • Today, it is a well-preserved historic municipality.
  • Nothing bad would happen if the question of additional street names were left solely for the local municipality to resolve.
  • Chances are your local municipality doesn't look kindly on vigilantism, and less so on vigilantism armed with zappers.
British Dictionary definitions for municipality


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 municipality

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

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