[mu.nic.i.pal] adj [L municipalis of a municipality, fr. municip-, municeps inhabitant of a municipality, fr. munus duty, service + capere to take--more at mean, heave] (ca. 1540) 1: of or relating to the internal affairs of a major political unit (as a nation)
2. a: of, relating to, or characteristic of a municipality b: having local self-government
3: restricted to one locality
municipal n (1925): a security issued by a state or local government or by an authority set up by such a government--usu. used in pl.