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see towntown,
in the United States. In the New England states the town is the basic unit of local government. The New England town government's unique feature is the town meeting, much praised as a nearly pure form of democracy.
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A political and geographic area within the boundaries of a municipal government; sometimes separate from a larger county.


1. a small town
2. (in the Scottish Highlands and islands) a small crofting community
3. (in the US and Canada) a territorial area, esp a subdivision of a county: often organized as a unit of local government
4. (formerly, in South Africa) a planned urban settlement of Black Africans or Coloured people
5. English history
a. any of the local districts of a large parish, each division containing a village or small town
b. the particular manor or parish itself as a territorial division
c. the inhabitants of a township collectively
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Many garnis were situated on the streets (the Rue de l'Hotel de Ville, Rue de la Tissanderie and Rue de la Mortellerie) on the immediate east side of the cityhall, just moments away by foot from the Place.
Napoleon Bonaparte did use the cityhall for many important ceremonies, including his marriage to Marie-Louise in 1811.
Hollywood stars Ewan McGregor, Brian Cox and Ashley Jensen are all in the running for an award at Glasgow's CityHalls along with the cast of Still Game, Lorraine Kelly and chef Gordon Ramsay.