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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In the proposal, each part of Jerusalem would have its own municipality.
▪ the municipality of Knoxville
▪ A lot of the water could have gone to municipalities in the North Bay and to grape growers.
▪ At stake were 12,600 seats in 439 municipalities.
▪ Because bond insurance helps municipalities trim borrowing costs, it has become increasingly popular nationwide.
▪ By last night, five municipalities had declared a state of emergency.
▪ Company workers have presented petitions to the municipalities where the company has its main plants.
▪ Debt made the municipality depend more and more on the central government and its treasury.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Municipality \Mu*nic`i*pal"i*ty\, n.; pl. Municipalities. [Cf. F. municipalit['e].] A municipal district; a borough, city, or incorporated town or village.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1789, from French municipalité, from municipal (see municipal).


n. 1 A district with a government that typically encloses no other governed districts; a borough, city, or incorporated town or village. 2 The governing body of such a district.

  1. n. an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government

  2. people living in a town or city having local self-government


A municipality is usually an urban administrative division having corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction. The term municipality is also used to mean the governing, ruling body of a municipality. A municipality is a general-purpose administrative subdivision, as opposed to a special-purpose district. The term is derived from French "municipalité" and Latin "municipalis".

The English word "Municipality" derives from the Latin social contract municipium (derived from a word meaning duty holders), referring to the Latin communities that supplied Rome with troops in exchange for their own incorporation into the Roman state (granting Roman citizenship to the inhabitants) while permitting the communities to retain their own local governments (a limited autonomy).

A municipality can be any political jurisdiction from a sovereign state, such as the Principality of Monaco, or a small village, such as West Hampton Dunes, New York.

The territory over which a municipality has jurisdiction may encompass

  • only one populated place such as a city, town, or village
  • several of such places (e.g., early jurisdictions in the state of New Jersey (1798–1899) as townships governing several villages, Municipalities of Mexico)
  • only parts of such places, sometimes boroughs of a city such as the 34 municipalities of Santiago, Chile.
Municipality (Palestinian Authority)

In the territories administrated by the Palestinian Authority, a municipality is an administrative unit of local government similar to a city. They were established and decided after the creation of the Local Government Ministry of the Palestinian National Authority in 1994. All municipalities are assigned by the Local Government Ministry. Municipal council members and mayors are elected by the residents of the particular locality. Municipalities are divided into four sectors depending on their population and importance to their particular governorate.

Usage examples of "municipality".

Commission, and the property, activities, and income of the Commission, are hereby expressly exempted from taxation in any manner or form by any State, county, municipality, or any subdivision thereof.

Russian leaders the while consolidating their hold upon the provinces thus occupied by deposing the hospodars, levying taxes and rations for the troops, taking the direction of the militia and municipalities, and when payments were made for anything giving only Russian paper, which it was never intended to redeem.

The municipality took him up on a proposal to erect a platform on the Pont Neuf opposite the statue of Henri IV, where the cannon of the Bastille could be mounted.

If the damned municipality had not decided to smarten up the street with a sidewalk, a ridiculously high curb and horrid little flowering prunus trees.

Imperial Education Municipality of Runim, he had learned such rituals as part of the path to adulthood, following the Rules of Tua Chen.

Congressional action, a New York City general sales tax was applicable to sales of coal under contracts entered into within the municipality and calling for delivery therein.

The municipality assumes no more direct responsibility for the due devotion of the Stadt-Theater to dramatic art than is implied in its retention of reversionary rights of ownership.

As for me, Madame Sella could sell up every stick in my house to-morrow, and if the Municipality should throw up my fountain.

He has subcommissioners in those other municipalities who report directly to him.

Congressional action, a New York City general sales tax was applicable to sales of coal under contracts entered into within the municipality and calling for delivery therein.

Accordingly he sought an audience of Gallio, the matter being obviously for the representative of the Imperial government, rather than for the head of the Corinthian municipality.

The district included under the municipality of Sancerre, distressed at finding itself practically ruled by seven or eight large landowners, the wire-pullers of the elections, tried to shake off the electoral yoke of a creed which had reduced it to a rotten borough.

I am inclined to think that, since labour will be regarded as a delocalised and fluid force, it will be the World State and not the big municipalities ruling the force areas that will be the reserve employer of labour.

Governor-General and the Secretary of War an annual report of the fiscal concerns of the government, showing the receipts and disbursements of the various departments and bureaus of the government and of the various Provinces and municipalities, and make such other reports as may be required of him by the Governor-General or the Secretary of War.

The principal partners are Faultline Admin and Associated Municipalities.