community

noun, often attributive
com·​mu·​ni·​ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē How to pronounce community (audio) \
plural communities

Definition of community

1 : a unified body of individuals: such as
a : the people with common interests living in a particular area broadly : the area itself the problems of a large community
b : a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society a community of retired persons a monastic community
c : a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society the academic community the scientific community
d : a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests the international community
e : a group linked by a common policy
f : an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (such as species) in a common location
2a : a social state or condition The school encourages a sense of community in its students.
b : joint ownership or participation community of goods
c : common character : likeness community of interests
d : social activity : fellowship
3 : society at large the interests of the community

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Synonyms for community

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Examples of community in a Sentence

a respectable member of the community The festival was a great way for the local community to get together. Many communities are facing budget problems. People in the community wanted better police protection.
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Recent Examples on the Web On March 25, 1923, the Anchorage community pitched in together to further clean the space for its conversion into the city’s first golf course and airfield. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s Park Strip: It’s true that it’s been a golf course and an airfield, but that’s just the start," 10 Aug. 2020 The government, backed by the pro-Iranian militant Hezbollah group and its allies, has struggled to carry out reforms demanded by the international community as the price for a financial bailout. Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg.com, "Global Powers Pledge $298 Million to Lebanon After Blast," 10 Aug. 2020 It has been transformed into a drive thru/takeout event to help keep the community safe. NOLA.com, "Good food keeps coming in St. Tammany Parish despite the coronavirus," 9 Aug. 2020 Families apply from all over, including many from Imperial Beach, a majority-Hispanic community on the southern border of Coronado. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coronado schools face racial reckoning," 9 Aug. 2020 Many members of the YouTube community sent supportive messages to de Jager. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "YouTube Star Nikkie 'NikkieTutorials' de Jager and Fiancé Robbed at Gunpoint at Netherlands Home," 9 Aug. 2020 Smartphone apps will continue to gain momentum, as most small businesses have moved operations online while closed, presenting an opportunity to foster community through a digital experience. Lauren Chipman, Fortune, "How can bricks and mortar reinvent itself for an unknown future?," 9 Aug. 2020 The states need to do it; the N.G.O. community is already doing it. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How to Counter Trump’s Attempt to Manipulate the Election and the Census," 9 Aug. 2020 The fire has devastated Colorado’s Senegalese community, the Denver Post reported. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Denver fire that killed 5 from Senegal prompts cash reward," 9 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of community

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for community

Middle English comunete, from Anglo-French communité, from Latin communitat-, communitas, from communis — see common entry 1

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The first known use of community was in the 14th century

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12 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Community.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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community

noun
How to pronounce community (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of community

: a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood)
: a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.
: a group of nations

community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē How to pronounce community (audio) \
plural communities

Kids Definition of community

1 : the people living in a certain place (as a village or city) : the area itself
2 : a natural group (as of kinds of plants and animals) living together and depending on one another for various necessities of life (as food or shelter)
3 : a group of people with common interests the business community a community of artists
4 : a feeling of caring about others in a group The school fosters a sense of community.

community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nət-ē How to pronounce community (audio) \
plural communities

Medical Definition of community

: a unified body of individuals: as
a : the people with common interests living in a particular area broadly : the area itself the problems of a large community
b : an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location
c : a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society a community of retired persons

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community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty
plural communities

Legal Definition of community

1 : the people who live in a particular place or region and usually are linked by some common interests
2a : the mass of community property owned by a husband and wife a spouse may not…lease to a third person his undivided interest in the community or in particular things of the communityLouisiana Civil Code
b : the entity created upon the marriage of a husband and wife for the purposes of ownership of property in community property states — see also community property at property, regime

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