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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For six decades, Glamour has honored its College Women of the Year— or CWOTY: an award that focuses on young honorees who are already changemakers in their communities. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "How a Former Glamour College Woman of the Year Helped Break the Alice Johnson Story," 13 July 2018 As the days went on, Seweingyawma and Lincoln watched more of the animals die in their community. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Volunteers care for Navajo wild horses during drought, despite overpopulation concerns," 13 July 2018 California’s Prop 64 also gave city and local governments significant control over what is and isn’t allowed in their community. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Chalice Festival Sues Bureau of Cannabis Control as Weed-Centric Events Battle With Legalization," 13 July 2018 Without question, the language reported in the conference call is unacceptable and has no place in our community. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Cardinal Stadium is Papa John's to name, but pressure mounts to change it," 12 July 2018 The districts have posted job openings, advertised in their communities and conducted job fairs this summer in an effort to recruit potential hires, officials said. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin-area school districts still looking for bus drivers but don't expect start-of-school problems," 12 July 2018 Charles Miller stayed involved in the community, joining VFW Post 4551, American Legion Post 748 and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 525, along with the local Lions and Rotary clubs. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Insurance canceled unexpectedly for Antioch police chief's widow: 'I don't know what I'm going to do'," 11 July 2018 The league and the Players Coalition have been working in tandem on efforts to support player initiatives in the community and for a variety of social issues. CBS News, "NFL players union files grievance over new national anthem policy," 10 July 2018 Actions like this termination are clearly discriminatory and discourages citizens from involvement in their communities. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin treasurer candidate says he was fired from banking job after mounting campaign," 9 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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