communal

adjective com·mu·nal \ kə-ˈmyü-nᵊl , ˈkäm-yə-nᵊl \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of communal

1 : of or relating to one or more communes
  • a communal organization
2 : of or relating to a community
3 a : 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

communalize

play \kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌlīz, ˈkäm-yə-\ transitive verb

communally

adverb

Examples of communal in a Sentence

  1. The tribe lived in communal huts.

  2. the communal experience of riding on the train

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Origin and Etymology of communal

French, from Late Latin communalis, from Latin communis


COMMUNAL Defined for English Language Learners

communal

adjective

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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