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

Other Words from communal

communalize \ kə-​ˈmyü-​nə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce communal (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
Recent Examples on the Web Individual pursuits such as self-control and resilience were present but always part of a larger aim to improve personal and communal connections. Elissa Strauss, CNN, 23 July 2022 Inside, the villa has a homey, Latter-day Saint feel, with members trickling in from across the sprawling city on foot or by bus, bicycle, Uber or taxi to partake of the communal spirit. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 July 2022 Weakened institutions aside, there also seems to be an overall lack of communal spirit. John Warner, Chicago Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 The ceremony, in a sense, was an effort to revive some of the communal spirit of the Games. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2022 The communal spirit of the excursions encourages group participation in hikes, unloading gear, and setting up campsites. Kristin Braswell, Vogue, 23 Nov. 2021 Youngkin will embrace that communal spirit; under McAuliffe, the education of our kids will remain an utterly partisan affair. Rory Cooper, National Review, 1 Oct. 2021 That communal spirit is enhanced by a cast that’s been working together all summer. Christopher Arnott,, 4 Aug. 2021 Such a communal spirit has long been the culture of the Tigrayans. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 29 July 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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