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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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 Each floor has a communal kitchen for eight to 15 people. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Dorm Living for Professionals Comes to San Francisco," 4 Mar. 2018 From the front Salon to the communal Study Hall (which doubles as an art gallery with rotating exhibitions), to the Power Jane office, Quiet Room (with noise-cancelling headphones), Think Tank, and back garden, the club is full of solutions. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Jane Club Is the Ultimate Work Space for Moms," 14 Dec. 2018 The renderings of the space reveal a blush-tone sanctuary that includes a retail space, communal tables, and kitchen, all of which is being expertly designed by the interior design team at Ronen Lev and architect Lubrano Ciavarra. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Inside Maison, a New Club for Women Coming to the Upper East Side," 13 Dec. 2018 No matter your perspective on Snowden's impact, there's perhaps a more recent reason why this five-year anniversary has not been a bigger deal and clearer moment for communal reflection. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?," 21 Nov. 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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