com·​mu·​nal | \ kə-ˈmyü-nᵊl How to pronounce communal (audio) , 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 How to pronounce communalize (audio) , 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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Most attendees and podcasters alike failed to articulate where their love for true crime originally stemmed from — even this mysterious compulsion is communal. Nicole Blackwood,, "True Crime Podcast Festival saw survivors, advocates and listeners engage in communal curiosity," 15 July 2019 His message of tolerance and humanity appeals in an age when political leaders preach communal division. The Economist, "India’s magnificent stepwells are relics of a nuanced history," 13 July 2019 Either way, mealtime ends with s’mores around the glow of a communal campfire., "Take a luxury camping trip to the Great Smoky Mountains," 9 July 2019 Yes, meals are communal (but with a menu by Noma co-founder Mads Refslund) and the activities (yoga, meditation, hydrotherapy spa treatments) are all designed to send you back to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and beyond feeling like your best self. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Vogue’s Official Guide to the Hamptons," 3 July 2019 There's also a communal kitchen and frequent events held in the space. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Alma, the WeWork for therapists, gets $8 million to draw 'soulfulness into the world'," 21 June 2019 In Kiryat Luza, this is a communal event, in which prayers are recited and dozens of animals are dispatched simultaneously by men dressed in all white and then roasted in enormous earthen pits. National Geographic, "The very ancient Passover of one of the smallest religions in the world," 19 Apr. 2019 The craft brewery will feature multiple food offerings, communal seating areas and sweeping rooftop views in the heart of Butchertown, according to a press release. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Meet Butchertown's upcoming microbrewery: DO/LOVE/LIVE," 19 June 2019 With that said, MRSA can technically show up in communal areas like pools and athletic facilities, according to the CDC. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Yes, You Really Should Wear Shower Shoes in the Gym Locker Room," 12 June 2019

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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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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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