community

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

Synonyms

neighborhood

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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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The city on Tuesday ordered mandatory measles-mumps-rubella vaccinations and fines for noncompliance in certain ZIP Codes in Brooklyn, where a measles outbreak began last fall in the Orthodox Jewish community. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Measles Outbreak: New York City Orders Mandatory Vaccinations in Parts of Brooklyn," 9 Apr. 2019 Dozens of people stood in the park to remember those who died, talk about supporting those who were injured, and to celebrate the power of holding each other up in a community. Mike Baker, The Seattle Times, "Seattle mayor: More needs to be done to keep guns from people with substance-abuse problems," 31 Mar. 2019 In the YouTube beauty community, vloggers like Laura Lee and Gabriel Zamora were skewered online for old racist tweets. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The year of deleted tweets," 27 Dec. 2018 Since November of 2018, your networks have grown as Jupiter (the planet of expansion) has occupied your house of community. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Aquarius Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 And according to her, an attack on one member of a community is an attack on all. Kanyinsola Oye, Teen Vogue, "A Love Letter to My Immigrant Mother, From Her Activist Daughter," 29 Mar. 2019 Getty Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, arrived at Canada House, London on Monday morning to meet some of the diverse community of young Canadians living in the city. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Very Kate Middleton-esque, Green Embellished Erdem Coat," 11 Mar. 2019 The changes haven’t altered the town’s sense of community. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Telluride Keeps Being Named the Best U.S. Ski Town," 5 Dec. 2018 With 176 partner organizations located in schools, museums, community organizations and universities, SciGirls Connect hosts clubs, camps, and after-school programs for girls across 35 states. Shannon Willoby, Redbook, "Why Girls Need More Mentors in STEM," 8 Mar. 2019

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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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community

noun

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

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

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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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