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
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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Contributing to your community in a way that feels good can be wonderful for loneliness. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How to Deal With Loneliness and Feelings of Isolation," 11 Jan. 2019 Home is wherever the love lives—the love within a family and community. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "'Sesame Street' Just Introduced a New Character Who Is Experiencing Homelessness," 13 Dec. 2018 The community, once numbering nearly 5,000 Jews, has now dwindled to about 900. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Inside the World's Most Beautiful Synagogues," 5 Nov. 2018 Mayhew Markle's love of animals (including her own rescue dogs) is well-documented so Mayhew, an animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of dogs, cats, and people in communities both in London and internationally, is a natural fit. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Royal Patronages Have Been Announced, and Two Come From the Queen Herself," 10 Jan. 2019 The tradition started when the brewery was thinking of ways to bring a bit more cheer to the community. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "A Brewery in Upstate New York Made a 30-Foot Keg Christmas Tree," 10 Dec. 2018 For several months last year the resort served as the main base of operations for the World Central Kitchen, helping provide millions of meals to the community. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 The scientist behind the announcement has made a variety of claims but has not submitted his data to the community in order for his claims to be verified. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Reports out of China suggest first human gene-edited babies have been born," 26 Nov. 2018 The small-scale arts community in Toronto has become increasingly vibrant and critically engaged. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018

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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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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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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