communal

adjective
com·​mu·​nal | \kə-ˈmyü-nᵊl, 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 , 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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These three apartments offer renters the coveted ability to wash their unmentionables without scrounging for quarters or passive-aggressively trading notes about neighbors in a communal laundry room. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "Three Philly apartments under $2,500 a month - with coveted private laundry," 11 July 2018 Getting Ready for Action There is a strong communal vibe — for now — in the concourses at the Luzhniki. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "A Fearless Mexico Tops Germany, With Help From Its Cerebral Coach," 18 June 2018 They are met with laughter, tears, and even singing—another communal vibe of the festival. Kristin Braswell, Vogue, "This Literary Festival in Jamaica Is the Island’s Best-Kept Secret," 12 June 2018 Millennials tend to prefer dining experiences that are quick, customizable, communal and cheap, all the hallmarks of fast-casual dining. Tim Carman, chicagotribune.com, "Millennials tip the least, but it may not be for the reasons you think," 7 July 2018 The Pas de Six actually has seven dancers; Thursday’s cast — Kathleen Breen Combes, Lia Cirio, Ji Young Chae, Ashley Ellis, Patrick Yocum, Paul Craig, and Patric Palkens — was, again, Bournonville courtly and communal. Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Ballet has the measure of Bournonville in ‘La Sylphide’," 25 May 2018 Millennials tend to prefer dining experiences that are quick, customizable, communal and cheap, all the hallmarks of fast-casual dining. Tim Carman, chicagotribune.com, "Millennials tip the least, but it may not be for the reasons you think," 7 July 2018 Millennials tend to prefer dining experiences that are quick, customizable, communal and cheap, all the hallmarks of fast-casual dining. Tim Carman, Anchorage Daily News, "Millennials tip the least, but it may not be for the reasons you think," 19 June 2018 The property will include communal spaces like a cafe, a co-working space, crèche, and grocery store, and is consulting with potential residents and existing neighbors on the design. Michael Taylor, The Christian Science Monitor, "Won't you be my neighbor: Melbourne experiments with community-led housing," 11 July 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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