communal

adjective
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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The heart of this communal worship is centered at the site of the shootings — the Walmart parking lot. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "In a Community Turned Upside Down by Tragedy, ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ Are Everything," 13 Aug. 2019 Even intimates of the deceased feel pressure to join the communal outpouring. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "A (Candid) Guide to Celebrity Death Etiquette," 6 Aug. 2019 The communal benefits of music have been valued for centuries, from Egyptian incantations to Greek flutes and lyres to Chinese bells and wind chimes, Indigenous Australian didgeridoos, African drums, and Native American rattles. Jennifer Emerling, National Geographic, "Seeking silence on a California road trip," 6 Aug. 2019 Although similar in encouraging a sort of communal solitude — silent discos have more of a party-like atmosphere, whereas the silent hike is focused more on mindfulness. Madalyn Dishman And Olivia Simone, Detroit Free Press, "How to take a (silent) hike along the riverfront in downtown Detroit," 3 Aug. 2019 Over time, the preponderance of these crimes, and the reticence of communal authorities to address them, lessened the severity of their impact on the social consciousness of the region, thus giving way to a culture of painful acceptance. Fakhrriyyah Hashim, Quartz Africa, "How Nigeria’s conservative northern region came to terms with its MeToo movement," 22 July 2019 These criticisms frequently referenced the #SayTheWord hashtag, which was created by activist Lawrence Carter-Long to express a communal sense of pride in our distinct disabled identity. Alex Haagaard, Quartz, "“Queer Eye” demonstrates how we can show disability, but still fail to represent it," 22 July 2019 Harmony is at the heart of plaza life, the communal ties between tables, the whole mishmash crowd in this shifting encampment, taking the sun, contemplatives in the land of commerce. Garrison Keillor, Harper's magazine, "Hurrah for the Plaza," 22 July 2019 New movies from the writer-directors Lulu Wang and Diana Peralta explore complex questions about national belonging and communal responsibility. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Can a Film Be a Love Letter to a Country?," 17 July 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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communal

adjective

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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