Definition of municipality in English:


Syllabification: mu·nic·i·pal·i·ty
Pronunciation: /myo͝oˌnisəˈpalətē, myə-

noun (plural municipalities)

  • 1A city or town that has corporate status and local government.
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    • In other words, it was hands-off to the province and certainly to the cities, towns and rural municipalities.
    • The state should distribute some revenue to municipalities such as Pittsburgh.
    • Districts in poor municipalities rely on property tax revenues supplemented by state aid to complete their local budgets.
    borough, town, city, district, precinct, township
  • 1.1The governing body of a municipality.
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    • The provincial government and the municipality would do well to at least give the matter careful thought.
    • It must now see to it that neither private sector nor government bodies such as municipalities violate the law.
    • At the same time, the disempowerment of councilors and the municipality will have a long-term impact.


late 18th century: from French municipalité, from municipal (see municipal).

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