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.
Recent Examples on the Web Every other year, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson opens its gates to the community to host one of the largest gatherings in the state: Arctic Thunder Open House. Anchorage Daily News, 29 July 2022 The Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee includes law enforcement representatives, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, mental health professionals and some community representatives. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, 29 July 2022 Commissioners have insisted the spaceport project would bring economic growth not just from rocket launches, but also by attracting related industries and tourists to the community of 55,000 people on the Georgia-Florida line. Russ Bynum, ajc, 28 July 2022 The Paige Fraser Foundation, co-created by Fraser and her aunt Lesmah Fraser in 2017, offers free arts programming through dance, music, visual arts, theater and wellness to the community. Veronica Wells, Essence, 25 July 2022 Gudai connects a sense of authenticity with inclusive hyper-relevant approaches that give back to the community while speaking to the next generation of native digital users. Rod Berger, Forbes, 25 July 2022 The impact has been very devastating to this community financially. Abc News, ABC News, 25 July 2022 What are the pros and cons of individual connectedness to community? Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2022 Following his arrest, a district court judge ordered Vickers to be held without bail because was deemed a danger to the community, according to the records. Nick Stoico, BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2022 See More

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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

community

community-acquired

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1 Aug 2022

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“Community.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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

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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