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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
From the French word municipalité, dating back to 1780-90. See municipal, -ity
Related forms
intermunicipality, noun, plural intermunicipalities. Unabridged
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  • One can easily, therefore, picture the peace that reigns between church, school and municipality.

    The Forest Farm Peter Rosegger
  • Judas—that's what it is, sir; the study for Judas in the fountain for the municipality.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • He drew up in front of the municipality, who were so affected or so frightened that their speech ended in nothing.

  • A letter from me to the municipality, and the municipality will confirm you at once.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • These men are drawing good salaries from the municipality and are not the objects of State aid.

    Industrial Cuba Robert P. Porter
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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