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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Bridges connecting the two towers provide communal gathering spaces, like quads in a vertical campus. Dominique Fong And Shan Li, WSJ, "In the Office of Tomorrow, Tech Takes a Load Off—but Watch Out for Weight Gain," 22 Jan. 2019 In September, Meghan really brought it home with her work alongside the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen in west London, a communal space first started to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle in 2018: Why the Duchess of Success Is Just Getting Started," 31 Dec. 2018 And on the Other Side of Town Award Chicago’s Sweetwater Foundation had community members hand-build a fabulous translucent barn on its communal garden space. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 Their structure, which offers a communal living space in a horizontal structure, differs significantly from other ideas, particularly the SpaceFactory contribution. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What NASA Thinks Mars Houses Could Look Like," 30 July 2018 At Miramonte, a long communal table encourages the creative and cultural exchanges woven into Austrian café culture. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 Being in this big communal loft living space and so many people around and also with that thing that happened with Mariana, [their relationship] is definitely put into a secret for a bit and then eventually could grow. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Good Trouble"'s Cierra Ramirez and Tommy Martinez Get Real About Working With Noah Centineo, Bisexual Representation, and What’s Next for The “Fosters” Spin-Off," 10 Jan. 2019 There’s a growing push to see consciously chosen simple pleasures — relaxation, self-care and communal care, and softness — as valid and important lifestyle choices. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 Its 27 rooms boast installations by Berlin deconstruction artist Kathi Kaeppel and the bright communal kitchen on the fifth floor stocks homemade jams, pesto and other goodies. Nina Adam, WSJ, "Frankfurt: A Business Traveler’s Guide," 22 June 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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