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 propertyb : 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
communalizeplay \kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌlīz, ˈkäm-yə-\ transitive verb
Examples of communal in a Sentence
The tribe lived in communal huts.
the communal experience of riding on the train
Recent Examples of communal from the Web
The interior of Red Hog’s restaurant is cozy and long bar-top tables create a communal and welcoming, if not snug, environment.
Every giant corporation has a wellness program: yoga at Goldman Sachs, communal sleep logs at JPMorgan Chase.
These communal feasts that break the daily Ramadan fasts, known as iftars, became vital bridge-building opportunities for Muslims after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The tools are meant to give group moderators more freedom to keep spam posts and hate speech out of group communications, while also ensuring that members stay focused on the communal topic or issue.
Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center in Kenner made this dish at get together for a communal meal to break their Ramadan fast in 2017.
So belly up to the bar and order — a Shuv It saison, perhaps, a Black Pep IPA or The Drop pale ale — then grab a perch at one of the communal tables, where Jenga blocks, Cards Against Humanity and board games await.
Parcel companies have also been setting up communal delivery boxes in train stations and universities, so that people can pick up packages on their way home.
There is a great communal quality with this orchestra that is rare among symphony orchestras.
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Origin and Etymology of communal
French, from Late Latin communalis, from Latin communis
First Known Use: 1796See Words from the same year
COMMUNAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of communal for English Language Learners
: 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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