communal

adjective
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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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, latimes.com, "As millennials buy more homes, developers strategize to bring them in," 11 May 2018 This approach can make the experience more communal and enjoyable. Dan Ariely, WSJ, "An Antidote to Procrastination," 17 Jan. 2019 The doors of one home are steps away from the deck of another, effectively blurring the lines between private and communal space. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "These Japanese homes were designed to encourage neighbor interaction," 15 Nov. 2018 Rio Uribe at Gypsy Sport, Verbal and Yoon at Ambush, Glenn Martens at Y/Project, and the eponymous Martine Rose—but has found innovative ways to express a sense of the cultural, contemporary, and communal. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "A Runway That Reflects Our World: How 4 Brands Are Bringing Fashion to Life," 11 Oct. 2018 This change calls for a personal and communal conversion that makes us see things as the Lord does. Paul Schemm, The Seattle Times, "Read the pope’s letter to the faithful on abuse in the Catholic Church," 20 Aug. 2018 Addressing this damage is key to improving our personal and communal financial health. Jocelyn Harmon, Glamour, "The Black Women's Wage Gap Is Systemic, but That Doesn't Mean It Can't Change," 7 Aug. 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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communal

adjective

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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