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.
Recent Examples on the Web Ava Swiss, who has been open on the show about surviving the 2021 school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, dedicated her performance to her community. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2022 The leader of the Madrid region said her community won’t comply, writing in a tweet that the restrictions would generate insecurity and hurt tourism. David Uberti, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 What more needs to be done to make sure that the people in your community can stay cool and stay safe? Abc News, ABC News, 9 Aug. 2022 Spirits have always been a huge anchor in our community. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 9 Aug. 2022 At a makeshift supply center in downtown Whitesburg, Jessica Shelton is discussing the challenges her community is up against when a woman walks in the door. Bryan Anselm/redux For Cnn, CNN, 9 Aug. 2022 At 15, Bilal began getting involved with climate activist organizations and soon became an advocate in his community, joining the national organization Earth Guardians and later becoming a leader in Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles. Melissa Gomezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2022 Rodin says his experience with Paxlovid mirrors about a dozen others in his retirement community in Boynton Beach. Sun Sentinel, 8 Aug. 2022 In a recent video on his YouTube channel, Lygdback turns his attention to people with more ordinary lifestyles—people in his local community—and challenges them to get into the best physical shape possible in just one month. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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communitarian

community

community-acquired

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13 Aug 2022

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“Community.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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

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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