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 In 2020, the Salvation Army served 1,668 people in the community through a wide array of programs and services including 7,392 hot meals. Arkansas Online, 10 June 2021 Baden said the state is working on ways to increase Johnson & Johnson vaccinations, including sending out more mobile vaccination vans to reach people in the community. oregonlive, 10 June 2021 And some in the international community, including the World Health Organization, have simultaneously tried to address the question and diplomatically tiptoe around the quagmire without offending anyone. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, 10 June 2021 Fauci also talks about the latest in HIV/AIDS research and why the HIV infection rate in the Black community is of particular concern to him. Lz Granderson, ABC News, 10 June 2021 In Brown Deer, the village board agreed to form an ad hoc committee to further establish the diversity and inclusion committee's purpose and responsibilities in the community. Samantha Hendrickson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2021 While plans are still being discussed, Kavin Ross, the chair of the oversight committee, said many in the community wanted the remains of victims to be reburied in Greenwood, possibly at an already existing memorial park. New York Times, 9 June 2021 The Senate is also voting on a bill, supported by Bernier, that would limit the number of ballot drop boxes in any community and restrict where they can be located. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 Fischer began the weekly briefings in March 2020 as the first COVID-19 cases began to appear in the community and Gov. Andy Beshear declared a public health emergency. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, 9 June 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Community.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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community

noun

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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