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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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 Sunday, which happens to be National Ice Cream Day, Ray’s wants the community to stop by the shop at 4233 Coolidge Highway for free ice cream during the shop’s regular hours, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sydney Neal, Detroit Free Press, 18 July 2021 But the Ben sisters’ favorite thing about coming to the mountain community was Idyllwild’s summer camp. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 18 July 2021 The community’s sole Black police officer wasn’t allowed to arrest whites, and many poor Black people lived in converted chicken coops with no running water in Dorchester County, of which Cambridge (population 13,000) was the county seat. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 The community, the court explained, cannot expect its officers to make a difficult judgment and then to second-guess them — even if the consequence is tragic. Mel Dickstein, Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 And while the removal of what was once homes to dozens of families is almost complete, the pain within the community isn't going anywhere. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 17 July 2021 The doors officially open Saturday with a grand opening celebration, and library leaders say hype for the new $9.2 million branch is already high throughout the community. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, 17 July 2021 Baron believes in the magic of family, friendship and community, too. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2021 Fancams, or fan videos of live concerts or their favorite groups, are also used to create community online. Anchorage Daily News, 17 July 2021

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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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communitarian

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community-acquired

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20 Jul 2021

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“Community.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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community

noun

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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