community

noun, often attributive
com·​mu·​ni·​ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē How to pronounce community (audio) \
plural communities

Essential Meaning of community

1 : a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) a respectable member of the community The festival was a great way for the local community to get together. See More ExamplesMany communities are facing budget problems. People in the community wanted better police protection. a rural community community leadersHide
2 : a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc. an artistic/business/medical community the town's Jewish community See More Examplesethnic/religious communities the scientific communityHide
3 : a group of nations

Full 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
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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Recent Examples on the Web When Huntah and Duke aren't busy playing catch, the two dogs are usually detecting the presence of COVID-19 in their community. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 6 Jan. 2022 Despite the pandemic closing many local businesses, Curiel says the support from her community has been enormous. Diane Lopez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Jan. 2022 The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience, and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2022 The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority. Jem Aswad, Variety, 5 Jan. 2022 The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience, and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Jan. 2022 The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience, and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 5 Jan. 2022 Below, six members of Forbes Business Development Council describe how aligning with like-minded partners at higher education institutions can allow executives to support their community and continue to grow a successful business. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Olivia participated in events planned by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and was seen on ride-alongs with police and firefighters honoring her wishes of serving her community. Travis Caldwell And Raja Razek, CNN, 4 Jan. 2022

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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The first known use of community was in the 14th century

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Dictionary Entries Near community

communitarian

community

community-acquired

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9 Jan 2022

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“Community.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for community

community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē How to pronounce community (audio) \
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.

community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nət-ē How to pronounce community (audio) \
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

community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty
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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