Baladiyah is a type of Arabic administrative division
Administrative division
An administrative division, subnational entity, or country subdivision is a portion of a country or other political division, established for the purpose of government. Administrative divisions are each granted a certain degree of autonomy, and are required to manage themselves through their own...

 that can be translated as municipality
A municipality is essentially an urban administrative division having corporate status and usually powers of self-government. It can also be used to mean the governing body of a municipality. A municipality is a general-purpose administrative subdivision, as opposed to a special-purpose district...

or district. The plural is baladiyat . Grammatically, it is the feminine of بلدي "rural, country-, folk-".

See municipalities of Algeria where Baladiyah is used to refer to tertiary level administration divisions, and municipalities of Lebanon
Municipalities of Lebanon
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, municipalities of Qatar
Municipalities of Qatar
||Before 2004, Qatar was divided into 10 municipalities :#Doha الدوحة#Al Ghuwariyah الغويرية#Al Jumaliyah الجميلية#Al Khawr الخور#Al Wakrah الوكرة#Ar Rayyan الريان#Jariyan al Batnah جريان الباطنة#Madinat ash Shamal الشمال...

 where it is used for top level divisions.

The current Districts of Libya (the top most administrative divisions) are called shabiyat, but the former ones were called baladiyat, sometimes also translated as governorate
A governorate is an administrative division of a country. It is headed by a governor. As English-speaking nations tend to call regions administered by governors either states, provinces, or colonies, the term governorate is often used in translation from non-English-speaking administrations.The...


In Turkish, the word belediye, which is a loan from Arabic, means municipality or city council.
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