noun, plural mu·nic·i·pal·i·ties.

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 formsin·ter·mu·nic·i·pal·i·ty, noun, plural in·ter·mu·nic·i·pal·i·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for municipality

town, metropolis, district, community, village, township, precinct, borough

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noun plural -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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