community

noun

com·​mu·​ni·​ty kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē How to pronounce community (audio)
plural communities
often attributive
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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The hope is that someone in the community will overcome the fear of retaliation over what could be seen as snitching and talk with police to bring closure to the family, Allison said. Grant Lancaster, Arkansas Online, 18 Jan. 2023 Moreover, if the proportion of unvaccinated individuals increases in a community, this also puts others at risk. Katia Hetter, CNN, 18 Jan. 2023 Yet there continue to be mixed feelings in the community. Zayna Syed, The Arizona Republic, 17 Jan. 2023 Gee is active in the community, working as an advocate for illnesses by serving on the Brain Injury Association of Kentucky Board, as well as nonprofits throughout the city. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 17 Jan. 2023 This isn’t an organization that has been a staple in the community for so long. Alexa Gagosz, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Jan. 2023 What’s been challenging about your work in the community? San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2023 That kind of language might motivate a manager to be fair, Mr. Cialdini said, because people want to be consistent with their image in the community. Paulette Perhach, New York Times, 14 Jan. 2023 Nominations are accepted from anyone in the community. Cincinnati Enquirer Staff, The Enquirer, 13 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of community was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near community

Cite this Entry

“Community.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty kə-ˈmyü-nət-ē How to pronounce community (audio)
plural communities
1
a
: the people living in an area
also : the area itself
b
: a group of living things that belong to one or more species, interact ecologically, and are located in one place (as a bog or pond)
c
: a group of people with common interests especially when living together
a community of monks
2
a
: shared ownership or participation
community of goods
b
: similarity sense 1, likeness
a community of ideas
c
: shared activity : fellowship

Medical Definition

community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty kə-ˈmyü-nət-ē How to pronounce community (audio)
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

Legal Definition

community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty
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 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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