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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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 Dallas developer Provident Realty is headed to McKinney with a new rental housing community. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "New McKinney community will offer home-style rentals," 25 Nov. 2020 But Suicide Solution’s many incarnations throughout the decades are enough proof that a community like this one may never fully disappear. Seyward Darby, Longreads, "How Should We Talk About Suicide Online?," 25 Nov. 2020 To improve relations with communities and police, NYPD leaders and Black activists joined together in New York City to hand out turkeys for Thanksgiving to a community in Brooklyn on Monday according to reports. Frank Miles, Fox News, "American Together: Turkey giveaway brings together Black advocates with NYPD leadership," 25 Nov. 2020 Three Pines is a small village in Quebec with a good boulangerie; a bookstore that smells like tea and flowers; a bistro with an excellent chef; and a community of fascinating eccentrics. Dorie Greenspan, New York Times, "A Lemon Meringue Cookie Good Enough to Be Imaginary," 25 Nov. 2020 Though there will be no gathering together as a community to mark the beginning of the holiday season, decorating the City Green and lighting those decorations shortly after Thanksgiving will still happen. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Girls on the Run collect socks and blankets for the homeless: Talk of the Towns," 25 Nov. 2020 Seward, a community of about 2,800 at the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula with about 150 total COVID-19 cases since March, implemented a 30-day mask mandate in July during a coronavirus outbreak associated in part with downtown bars. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Seward unanimously passes mask mandate as Palmer continues to weigh its own order amid public criticism," 25 Nov. 2020 The goal of viral vaccinations is to have enough people in a community already immune and incapable of being contagious and spreading a disease, known as herd immunity. Cole Lauterbach, Washington Examiner, "Arizona to get COVID-19 vaccines in mid-December," 24 Nov. 2020 However, Tomes said a similar app in Colorado gained 1 million users in the two weeks after it was unveiled, and that an Oxford University study showed that as little as 15% adoption in a community can have a positive impact. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's new COVID-19 tracking app will anonymously notify contacts," 24 Nov. 2020

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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28 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Community.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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 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.


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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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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