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[myoo-nis-uh-puh l]
  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.
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  1. a municipal bond.
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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
Related formsmu·nic·i·pal·ly, adverbin·ter·mu·nic·i·pal, adjectivenon·mu·nic·i·pal, adjectivenon·mu·nic·i·pal·ly, adverbpre·mu·nic·i·pal, adjectivequa·si-mu·nic·i·pal, adjectivequa·si-mu·nic·i·pal·ly, adverbsu·per·mu·nic·i·pal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for municipally

Historical Examples of municipally

  • The Macedonian bowed to his sovereign with calm dignity, and in the name of the municipally hoped he had rested well.

    A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete

    Georg Ebers

  • Salerno had even earlier had a medical school, long famous, which may or may not have been municipally endowed.

  • No official patronage was given to the affair, and consequently it was not, municipally, of any weight.

    Yarmouth Notes

    Frederick Danby Palmer

  • The financial exhibit is in the highest degree encouraging to believers in the municipally owned system.

  • Bristol was still organized manorially rather than municipally.

British Dictionary definitions for municipally


  1. of or relating to a town, city, or borough or its local government
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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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Word Origin and History for municipally



1540s, from Middle French municipal, from Latin municipalis "of a citizen of a free town, of a free town," also "of a petty town, provincial," from municipium "free town, city whose citizens have the privileges of Roman citizens but are governed by their own laws," from municeps "citizen, inhabitant of a free town." Second element is root of capere "assume, take" (see capable). First element is from munus (plural munia) "service performed for the community, duty, work," also "public spectacle paid for by the magistrate, (gladiatorial) entertainment, gift," from Old Latin moenus "service, duty, burden," from PIE *moi-n-es-, generally taken as a suffixed form of root *mei- "to change, go, move" (Watkins; see mutable); but Tucker says "more probably" from the other PIE root *mei- meaning "bind," so that munia = "obligations" and communis = "bound together."

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