If you live in a town or city that has a mayor or other officials who govern it, you live in a municipality.

The word municipality comes from the Latin municipium, meaning "free city." A municipality has its own government, but sometimes municipalities join together to share services. For instance, two neighboring municipalities might decide to share a single recycling center in order to cut costs.

Definitions of municipality

n an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government

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city, metropolis, urban center
a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts
an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city
colloquial American term for a town
boom town
a town enjoying sudden prosperity
cow town, cowtown
a small town in a cattle-raising area of western North America
ghost town
a deserted settlement (especially in western United States)
the town (or city) where you grew up or where you have your principal residence
Main Street
any small town (or the people who inhabit it); generally used to represent parochialism and materialism (after a novel by Sinclair Lewis)
market town
a (usually small) town where a public market is held at stated times
national capital
the capital city of a nation
provincial capital
the capital city of a province
state capital
the capital city of a political subdivision of a country
Type of:
administrative district, administrative division, territorial division
a district defined for administrative purposes
populated area, urban area
a geographical area constituting a city or town

n people living in a town or city having local self-government

city, metropolis
people living in a large densely populated municipality
town, townsfolk, townspeople
the people living in a municipality smaller than a city
an English town that forms the constituency of a member of parliament
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assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place

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