ayuntamiento

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish ayuntamiento.

Noun[edit]

ayuntamiento (plural ayuntamientos)

  1. A corporation or body of magistrates in cities and towns in Spain, corresponding to mayor and aldermen.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From obsolete ayuntar ("join, gather") + -miento, ultimately from Latin adiūnctus, a contraction of ad- + iūnctus. Note how ayuntamiento preserves the Latin palatal – as does yunta ("yoke [of oxen], team [of horses]"), but not junto ("together"). Both terms equally derive from iūnctus, but only the latter underwent velarisation.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /aɟ͡ʝuntaˈmjento/, [a.ʝũn̪.t̪a.ˈmjẽn̪.t̪o]

Noun[edit]

ayuntamiento m (plural ayuntamientos)

  1. city council, town council, council (a corporation or body of magistrates in cities and towns, corresponding to mayor and aldermen)
    Synonym: alcaldía
  2. city hall, town hall
    Synonym: alcaldía
  3. (obsolete, uncountable) sexual intercourse

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