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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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 The grounds are small, consisting of a rodeo arena, a livestock barn, and a community building, all surrounded by about two acres of green pasture. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 The attack on one of India’s most prestigious universities sent shock waves around the country and is the latest sign that the political forces tearing apart Indian society are also affecting the country’s academic community. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "Campus attacks by nationalists and police alarm India’s scientific community," 20 Jan. 2020 The rest went to outreach programs between police and the Green Bay community. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Mike McCarthy’s way," 19 Jan. 2020 All administrative costs for Season for Sharing are covered by The Arizona Republic, which means 100% of donations go back into the community. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Phoenix nonprofit allows neighbor to assist neighbor, and donations to Season for Sharing help keep it going," 19 Jan. 2020 The City of Montgomery Diversity and Inclusion Committee launched a community education series on the diverse cultures of Montgomery residents in 2019. Faith Lynch, Cincinnati.com, "Next Know Your Neighbor discussion encounters anti-Semitism and the upsurge in hate crimes," 19 Jan. 2020 There's never community around an individual player like there is in the NBA. Michal Lev-ram, Fortune, "49ers’ Richard Sherman on tech investing, fatherhood, and yes, football," 19 Jan. 2020 Iowa’s elevated political stature and the fairness thereof are subjects of controversy within the political community. Olivia Sally, Teen Vogue, "Why Does Iowa and New Hampshire Voting First Matter in Presidential Primary Elections?," 18 Jan. 2020 The upscale community of Celebration was originally developed by Disney and backs up to Disney World, WMKG reports. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, "Man Accused of Killing Family in Celebration Home Was in Deep Debt, Accused of Defrauding $130,000," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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Last Updated

23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Community.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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community

noun
How to pronounce community (audio)

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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