[ myoo-nis-uh-puh l ]
/ myuˈnɪs ə pəl /


of or relating to a town or city or its local government: municipal elections.
Archaic. pertaining to the internal affairs of a state or nation rather than to international affairs.


Nearby words

  1. muni bond fund,
  2. muni, paul,
  3. munic.,
  4. munich,
  5. munich pact,
  6. municipal bond,
  7. municipal bond fund,
  8. municipal bonds,
  9. municipal corporation,
  10. municipal court

Origin of municipal

1530–40; < Latin mūnicipālis, equivalent to mūnicip- (stem of mūniceps) citizen of a free town (mūni(a) duties + -cip-, combining form of capere to take) + -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for municipal


/ (mjuːˈnɪsɪpəl) /


of or relating to a town, city, or borough or its local government
Derived Formsmunicipalism, nounmunicipalist, nounmunicipally, adverb

Word Origin for municipal

C16: from Latin mūnicipium a free town, from mūniceps citizen from mūnia responsibilities + capere to take

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