Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or typical of a municipality.
  • adj. Having local self-government.
  • adj. Issued on the authority of a local or state government.
  • adj. Of or relating to the internal affairs of a nation.
  • n. A municipal bond: invested in tax-free municipals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a municipality (a city or a corporation having the right of administering local government).
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the internal affairs of a nation.
  • n. A financial instrument issued by a municipality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a city or a corporation having the right of administering local government
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a state, kingdom, or nation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the local self-government or corporate government of a city or town.
  • Self-governing, as a free city.
  • Pertaining to the internal affairs of a state, kingdom, or nation, and its citizens: as, municipal law (which see, below).
  • n. A municipal magistrate at Toulouse in the Middle Ages. See the extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to the government of a municipality
  • adj. relating or belonging to or characteristic of a municipality

Etymologies

Latin mūnicipālis, from mūnicipium, town, from mūniceps, citizen : mūnus, public office, duty; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French municipal, from Latin municipalis ("of or belonging to a citizen or a free town"), from municeps ("a citizen, an inhabitant of a free town"), from munus ("duty") + capere ("to take"). (Wiktionary)

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    August 24, 2008