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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That transition will be made a bit easier thanks to several members of the Carpentersville community. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Carpentersville man who lost legs in boating accident getting wheelchair-friendly house from team of volunteers," 14 July 2018 However, the council could be then overruled by the community of coin holders — confusing, Zomorodi acknowledged. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Can blockchain save journalism? Manoush Zomorodi doesn’t know, either, but she’s going to find out.," 12 July 2018 In recent years, that thinking has shifted in some parts of the scientific community as a growing body of evidence suggests study participants want to know what researchers find. Megan Thielking, STAT, "National Academies panel urges researchers to routinely share test results with study participants," 10 July 2018 Bumble caters more to women, and even provides support for folks just looking to make friends, but still doesn’t provide much in the way of community. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Could a Text-Based Dating App Change Selfie-Swiping Culture?," 10 July 2018 After that, Basu said the scenarios will be tweaked according to public input and presented again to the community in September for more public input. Libby Solomon,, "Firm presents 7 scenarios to address Balto. Co. high school overcrowding; all include new Towson High," 13 July 2018 But on Friday, the turkey — which brought joy to the Columbia community for months — died after the bird was struck by a vehicle, KOMU reported. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Tina the beloved ‘traffic-stopping’ turkey hit by car. Missouri community mourns loss," 13 July 2018 This week, five such residents were selected by the jail to receive the furniture, created in a construction program that allows inmates to learn a trade while making reparations to the community. Kate Santich,, "Inmates build, then donate furniture to formerly homeless residents in Orlando," 13 July 2018 Tot Shabbat Program Tot Shabbat is free and open to the community and specially-designed for children to age 8 and their families. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Boynton Beach area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018

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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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