community

noun, often attributive com·mu·ni·ty \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of community

plural communities
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
2 a : 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

Examples of community in a Sentence

  1. a respectable member of the community

  2. The festival was a great way for the local community to get together.

  3. Many communities are facing budget problems.

  4. People in the community wanted better police protection.

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Origin and Etymology of community

Middle English comunete, from Anglo-French communité, from Latin communitat-, communitas, from communis — see 1common



COMMUNITY Defined for English Language Learners

community

noun

Definition of community for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

community

noun com·mu·ni·ty \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē \

Definition of community for Students

plural communities
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.

Medical Dictionary

community

noun com·mu·ni·ty \ kə-ˈmyü-nət-ē \

medical Definition of community

plural communities
: 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

Law Dictionary

community

noun com·mu·ni·ty

legal Definition of community

plural communities
1 : the people who live in a particular place or region and usually are linked by some common interests
2 a : 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 community
  • Louisiana 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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