com·​mu·​nal | \ kə-ˈmyü-nᵊl How to pronounce communal (audio) , ˈkäm-yə-nᵊl\

Definition of communal

1 : of or relating to one or more communes a communal organization
2 : of or relating to a community
3a : characterized by collective ownership and use of property
b : participated in, shared, or used in common by members of a group or community a communal kitchen gathered for a communal meal
4 : of, relating to, or based on racial or cultural groups communal violence

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Other Words from communal

communalize \ kə-​ˈmyü-​nə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce communalize (audio) , ˈkäm-​yə-​ \ transitive verb
communally adverb

Examples of communal in a Sentence

The tribe lived in communal huts. the communal experience of riding on the train

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Unlike most co-working companies, Knotel doesn’t manage communal workspaces for freelancers and one-person firms. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Kuwait-Owned Firm in Talks to Back Knotel," 2 May 2019 Luke Leitch, Contributor The season’s two most powerful communal moments were both uplifting in very different ways. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Our Very Favorite Moments From the Fall 2019 Collections," 12 Mar. 2019 Below, a unique bike clubhouse functions as a bike room and a communal gathering place. First Light, The Seattle Times, "Embracing city life at new art-filled condo tower," 29 Mar. 2019 Election night in America has become an emotionally fraught communal experience. Dara Lind, Vox, "America’s love-hate relationship with the New York Times election needle, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 But Mulvihill said the communal experience of fans watching World Cup matches on TV sets in bars, restaurants, hotels and offices can add between 20% and 30% to the audience total, and some advertisers are paying extra for those viewers. Stephen Battaglio,, "Ratings are down, but Telemundo and Fox are making the best of a U.S.-free World Cup," 6 July 2018 The concept is inherently communal so there is less prestige for each individual restaurant. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Food Halls Are the New Meal Ticket for Bricks-and-Mortar Restaurants," 26 Jan. 2019 To free up space behind the counter for the restaurants, diners would pay for beverages at each restaurant but retrieve them from a communal bar. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A micro food hall, Crossroads Collective, aims to revive the corner building at North and Farwell avenues," 17 May 2018 For its complex in Santa Monica, called Aire, the company worked with JFAK Architects to fill the building with communal spaces. Jack Flemming,, "As millennials buy more homes, developers strategize to bring them in," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of communal

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for communal

French, from Late Latin communalis, from Latin communis

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English Language Learners Definition of communal

: shared or used by members of a group or community
: relating to or involving members of a commune (sense 1)
: relating to a situation in which you are doing something with other people

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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