Definition of municipality noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//mjuːˌnɪsɪˈpæləti//
; NAmE NAmE//mjuːˌnɪsɪˈpæləti//
(pl. municipalities) (formal)
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a town, city or district with its own local government; the group of officials who govern it The municipality provides services such as electricity, water and rubbish collection. Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French municipalité, from municipal from Latin municipalis (from municipium ‘free city’, from municeps, municip- ‘citizen with privileges’, from munia ‘civic offices’) + capere ‘take’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: municipality