noun, often attributive
com·mu·ni·ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē \
plural communities

Definition of community 

1 : a unified body of individuals: such as

a : the people with common interests living in a particular area broadly : the area itself the problems of a large community

b : a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society a community of retired persons a monastic community

c : a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society the academic community the scientific community

d : a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests the international community

e : a group linked by a common policy

f : an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (such as species) in a common location

g : state, commonwealth

2a : a social state or condition The school encourages a sense of community in its students.

b : joint ownership or participation community of goods

c : common character : likeness community of interests

d : social activity : fellowship

3 : society at large the interests of the community

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Examples of community in a Sentence

a respectable member of the community The festival was a great way for the local community to get together. Many communities are facing budget problems. People in the community wanted better police protection.
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Morgan’s defense attorney, Steven Fishman, had argued against a prison sentence, citing the defendant’s acts of community service. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Widow of union official led 'high-flying lifestyle' on cash meant to train autoworkers: prosecutor," 14 July 2018 Residents are well acquainted with local police and the dozens of bicycle-riding community service officers hired each summer to help with parking and related issues. Todd Wallack,, "For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise," 14 July 2018 The plea agreement also calls for five days of community service and serving on a victim impact panel. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "FBI agent pleads guilty to Chesterton drunken-driving charge," 12 July 2018 That same fear quietly pushed the black community out of Gilead, Iowa, altogether, almost without people like John Ames noticing. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "What two fictional Gileads can teach us about America in 2018," 12 July 2018 The former deputy entered a plea agreement on June 18 and was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to 100 hours of community service and must pay $2,400 in restitution to Shehata. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Former Orange deputy pleads guilty to stealing cash, credit cards from drug suspect, court records show," 11 July 2018 Browner received one day in jail, three years of probation, 48 hours of community service and an order requesting him to stay away from the victims for three years. Nathan Fenno,, "Former Pro Bowler Brandon Browner charged with attempted murder," 10 July 2018 The club holds local surf and freshwater fishing events, summer saltwater charters, RV camping and community service events to help kids go fishing. Linda Mcintosh,, "Woman of the Year awards given," 9 July 2018 However, this 73-year-old’s community service extends much farther than Martha’s Kitchen. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood volunteer highlights importance of community service," 7 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'community.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of community

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for community

Middle English comunete, from Anglo-French communité, from Latin communitat-, communitas, from communis — see common entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of community

: a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood)

: a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.

: a group of nations


com·mu·ni·ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē \
plural communities

Kids Definition of community

1 : the people living in a certain place (as a village or city) : the area itself

2 : a natural group (as of kinds of plants and animals) living together and depending on one another for various necessities of life (as food or shelter)

3 : a group of people with common interests the business community a community of artists

4 : a feeling of caring about others in a group The school fosters a sense of community.


com·mu·ni·ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nət-ē \
plural communities

Medical Definition of community 

: a unified body of individuals: as

a : the people with common interests living in a particular area broadly : the area itself the problems of a large community

b : an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location

c : a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society a community of retired persons

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plural communities

Legal Definition of community 

1 : the people who live in a particular place or region and usually are linked by some common interests

2a : the mass of community property owned by a husband and wife a spouse may not…lease to a third person his undivided interest in the community or in particular things of the communityLouisiana Civil Code

b : the entity created upon the marriage of a husband and wife for the purposes of ownership of property in community property states — see also community property at property, regime

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