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[myoo-nis-uh-puh l] /myuˈnɪs ə pəl/

of or relating to a town or city or its local government:
municipal elections.
Archaic. pertaining to the internal affairs of a state or nation rather than to international affairs.
a .
of or relating to a town, city, or borough or its local government

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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