Meaning of MUNICIPAL in English


I. myüˈnisəpəl, myəˈ-, ÷məˈ- or ÷|myünə|sipəl adjective

Etymology: Latin municipalis, from municip-, municeps inhabitant of a municipium, literally, undertaker of duties (from munus duty, service, gift + -cip-, -ceps, from capere to take) + -alis -al — more at mean , heave

1. : of or relating to the internal affairs as distinguished from the foreign relations of a nation or other major political unit

international law … only authorizes a belligerent to punish a spy under its municipal law — J.L.Kunz

municipal legislation … enacted for the fulfillment of the treaties — U.S. Stat. 750

— compare internal law , international law


a. : of or relating to a municipality

municipal reform acts

a municipal golf course

municipal university

municipal government

municipal architecture

b. : appointed, elected, or empowered by a municipality : functioning in a municipality

municipal council

municipal officer

municipal police

c. : issued by or under the authority of a municipality

municipal bond

municipal regulation

3. : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a municipium

4. : restricted to one locality : having narrow limits

a new very municipal variety of dwarf sweet pea — Osbert Sitwell

the sacredness of human life is a purely municipal ideal of no validity outside the jurisdiction — O.W.Holmes †1935

II. noun

( -s )

1. : an inhabitant of a municipium

2. : a member of the municipal guard of Paris

3. : a security issued by a state or local government or by an authority set up by such a government — usually used in plural

prospects … seemed better in low interest rate corporation issues than in municipals — World's Work

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.