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
It’ll be focused on takeout and delivery orders, but there are also two communal eight-tops in the small dining room that will allow for the full-service experience during weekend brunch, as well as a private dining room in back for special dinners.
Millions were moved into the countryside and were forced to construct large-scale farming projects centered around communal living and eating.
In striking contrast, there’s the communal life of the children’s rural home, brought into vibrant focus in scenes of the kids sharing meals, playing, working the farm’s soil, herding the cows and feeding the pigs.
One of the most vivid memories for me was joining the other performers onstage at the end of Sarah’s set for a communal song [at the end of the night].
Living off the land, rivers and ocean, Afro-Colombians developed a deep communal relationship with nature and their territories.
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.
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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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