municipality

[myoo-nis-uh-pal-i-tee]
noun, plural municipalities.
1.
a city, town, or other district possessing corporate existence and usually its own local government.
2.
a community under municipal jurisdiction.
3.
the governing body of such a district or community.

Origin:
1780–90; < French municipalité. See municipal, -ity

intermunicipality, noun, plural intermunicipalities.
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municipality (mjuːˌnɪsɪˈpælɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  a city, town, or district enjoying some degree of local self-government
2.  the governing body of such a unit

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Word Origin & History

municipality
1790, from Fr. municipalité; see municipal. Introduced in English by Edmund Burke.
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municipality

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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