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

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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 Facebook’s community-building algorithms were effective in drawing some of its massive audience from the sidelines and into the maw of radicalism and sedition. Steven Levy, Wired, "Facebook Can’t Fix What It Won’t Admit To," 15 Jan. 2021 At this point in the pandemic, people know what they are supposed to do to ensure the health and safety of themselves and their community. Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "Coping: Keep calm when social distancing is ignored," 15 Jan. 2021 Director of Arts and Culture Rochelle Riley is also expected to join Duggan to announce a grant from the Kresge Foundation that will help support the performance arts community and share details on upcoming events to celebrate Black History Month. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Replay: Duggan update on Detroit's COVID-19 response," 14 Jan. 2021 So, this time around, community financial institutions — with their connections to minority communities — got first dibs to make loans. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio financial institutions making PPP loans once again," 14 Jan. 2021 Many House Republicans have disrespected our heroes by verbally abusing them and refusing to adhere to basic precautions keeping members of our Congressional community, including the Capitol Police, safe. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Pelosi introduces fines up to $10,000 for lawmakers who evade new metal detectors," 13 Jan. 2021 But as the pandemic grew worse, requests from his community piled up: Help with funeral prayers. New York Times, "Tribal Elders Are Dying From the Pandemic, Causing a Cultural Crisis for American Indians," 12 Jan. 2021 Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn, a Republican, said overall, the rollout has gone well in her community. cleveland, "With the state shirking vaccine planning to local governments, some are concerned if Ohio will be ready to ramp up shots," 10 Jan. 2021 Identical twin sisters run away from their small Black community in the South and live very different lives. The California Independent Booksellers Alliance, Los Angeles Times, "Bestsellers List Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021," 6 Jan. 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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21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Community.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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community

noun
How to pronounce community (audio)

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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