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
During the early 20th century, consumer culture also began to reinforce communal bathing as the epitome of American manliness.
An industrial feel comes from Edison lights hanging over a long communal wood-slab table, and exposed duct-work in a high ceiling.
In the 1960s and 1970s, the subdivision of the large estates that relied on qanats caused an administrative tangle, and many qanats fell into disrepair without the traditional communal maintenance.
Churchill’s flamboyant extroversion, his skills with speech, and the urgency of a desperate wartime defense led him to a communal triumph that did much to shape our world today.
In some apartment buildings, residents have pooled resources to buy communal generators.
His images show the temporary nature of shanty living along the rails as well as the festive, communal moments of Richwood on a Sunday afternoon.
For Trapnell, a communal experience is why people are so crazy for craft.
The dining room features a bar at one end with six seats, a 10-seat communal table, and eight kitchen counter seats.
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Origin and Etymology of communal
French, from Late Latin communalis, from Latin communis
First Known Use: 1796
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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