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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Millennials tend to prefer dining experiences that are quick, customizable, communal and cheap, all the hallmarks of fast-casual dining. Tim Carman,, "Millennials tip the least, but it may not be for the reasons you think," 7 July 2018 Millennials tend to prefer dining experiences that are quick, customizable, communal and cheap, all the hallmarks of fast-casual dining. Tim Carman, Anchorage Daily News, "Millennials tip the least, but it may not be for the reasons you think," 19 June 2018 The property will include communal spaces like a cafe, a co-working space, crèche, and grocery store, and is consulting with potential residents and existing neighbors on the design. Michael Taylor, The Christian Science Monitor, "Won't you be my neighbor: Melbourne experiments with community-led housing," 11 July 2018 The communal space is decorated with quirky touches that reflect the creative neighborhood: reclaimed wood, macrame wall hangings, a garden gnome and a shelf supported by two big blue hands. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Saltwater pool, gym, dog spa: Tour downtown KC's new Crossroads Westside Apartments," 27 June 2018 To many of the drag artists who attended, the evening wasn’t just an opportunity to try a new sport but a chance to reach a wider audience and expand their communal space. Pat Nabong, Chicago Reader, "LGBTQ+ / Photography / Sports Drag queens find unlikely spot to perform—on a 50-foot climbing wall," 11 June 2018 Known as Joe’s Pocket Farm, the spot on North Q Avenue has become a communal space where residents can plant or harvest crops. David Hernandez,, "National City tries to address concerns over community garden," 6 June 2018 Start with coliving companies, which propose to help those of moderate means rent more efficiently, and often more inexpensively, via group housing and shared communal space. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can tech outsmart the housing shortage?," 29 May 2018 These hubs are brick-and-mortar retail spaces equipped with essential amenities like clean bathrooms and communal space where drivers might meet up for coffee or educational events. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Lyft Will Spend $100 Million on Club Houses and Career Services to Keep Its Drivers Happy," 23 May 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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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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