[ myoo-nis-uh-puhl ]
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  1. of or relating to a town or city or its local government: municipal elections.

  2. Archaic. pertaining to the internal affairs of a state or nation rather than to international affairs.

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

Other words from municipal

  • mu·nic·i·pal·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·mu·nic·i·pal, adjective
  • non·mu·nic·i·pal, adjective
  • non·mu·nic·i·pal·ly, adverb
  • pre·mu·nic·i·pal, adjective
  • qua·si-mu·nic·i·pal, adjective
  • qua·si-mu·nic·i·pal·ly, adverb
  • su·per·mu·nic·i·pal, adjective

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How to use municipal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for municipal


/ (mjuːˈnɪsɪpəl) /

  1. of or relating to a town, city, or borough or its local government

Origin of municipal

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

Derived forms of municipal

  • municipalism, noun
  • municipalist, noun
  • municipally, adverb

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