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noun, plural mu·nic·i·pal·i·ties.
  1. a city, town, or other district possessing corporate existence and usually its own local government.
  2. a community under municipal jurisdiction.
  3. the governing body of such a district or community.
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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.
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noun plural -ties
  1. a city, town, or district enjoying some degree of local self-government
  2. 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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