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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Synonyms for community

Synonyms

neighborhood

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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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Here are 10 moments from his career that endeared him to his community. Indystar Sports, Indianapolis Star, "Defining moments in Andrew Luck's career as a Colt and his life as a Hoosier," 31 Aug. 2019 Saturday begins with the revival of a decades-old tradition returning to the community after years away — a Cadillac Auto Parade, featuring scores of classic and high-end cars being driven from North Avenue to Dolphin Street. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore’s Billie Holiday festival to celebrate black arts and culture on Pennsylvania Ave.," 30 Aug. 2019 In a letter to the Hampshire College community, Ed Wingenbach said correspondence acquired by The Daily Hampshire Gazette through a public records request, reveals new information about negotiations between the two Amherst institutions. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "After public release of UMass e-mails, Hampshire president reiterates commitment to keeping school independent," 30 Aug. 2019 The rich soil has been attentively tended to for thousands of years by the Dharug people that surround him, but Thornhill rips up the yam-daisies that nourish their communities. I.w., The Economist, "A haunting adaptation of “The Secret River”," 30 Aug. 2019 For the past two years, several residents from the south San Fernando Valley have been reaching out to Hollywood Burbank officials with concerns about how more planes have been flying over their communities than before . Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Joint task force on air traffic noise takes flight," 30 Aug. 2019 Atlas Obscura explains that households right up through Victorian times often bedded down together, both out of necessity and to foster community. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How a Sleep Divorce Can Improve Your Relationship," 29 Aug. 2019 First, community members suspect there is a problem, but may not have access to all the related information due to a lack of transparency by public officials. Molly Enking, WIRED, "Flint, Newark, and the Persistent Crisis of Lead in Water," 28 Aug. 2019 This course will center yoga and social justice with a focus on equipping more teachers of color with the tools to bring these yoga practices into their own communities. Ryan Walker-hartshorn, Bon Appétit, "Sinikiwe Dhliwayo Wants Everyone to Chill Out in Triangle Pose," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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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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