[ myoo-nis-uh-pal-i-tee ]
/ myuˌnɪs əˈpæl ɪ ti /

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.

Nearby words

  1. municipal bond fund,
  2. municipal bonds,
  3. municipal corporation,
  4. municipal court,
  5. municipalism,
  6. municipalize,
  7. munificence,
  8. munificent,
  9. munificently,
  10. muniment

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

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British Dictionary definitions for municipality


/ (mjuːˌnɪsɪˈpælɪtɪ) /

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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