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[myoo-nis-uh-pal-i-tee] /myuˌnɪs əˈpæl ɪ ti/

noun, plural municipalities.
a city, town, or other district possessing corporate existence and usually its own local government.
a community under jurisdiction.
the governing body of such a district or community.
noun (pl) -ties
a city, town, or district enjoying some degree of local self-government
the governing body of such a unit

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


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