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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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 Humans are inherently materialistic but also very social and communal. Erica Sweeney, Teen Vogue, "Wealth on TV Could Change Attitudes Toward Low-Income People, Study Finds," 6 Aug. 2018 Social media has made watching NBA games really fun and communal—if something cool happens in the Memphis game or the Lakers game, people are tweeting about it. Molly Knight, Marie Claire, "Rachel Nichols Is One of the Sports World's Few Female Voices—but That's Not Why She's a Game-Changer," 5 June 2017 He was found unresponsive in a dryer around 5:45 p.m. Friday in the communal laundry room of the complex at the 12300 block of Fleming Drive, police say. Michela Garcia, Houston Chronicle, "Autopsy: Boy playing in dryer was electrocuted," 30 Apr. 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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