community

noun, often attributive
com·​mu·​ni·​ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē How to pronounce community (audio) \
plural communities

Essential Meaning of community

1 : a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) a respectable member of the community The festival was a great way for the local community to get together. See More ExamplesMany communities are facing budget problems. People in the community wanted better police protection. a rural community community leadersHide
2 : a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc. an artistic/business/medical community the town's Jewish community See More Examplesethnic/religious communities the scientific communityHide
3 : a group of nations

Full 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

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 Valeria, an orphaned girl who has converted to Islam and lives in a local immigrant community, becomes the main suspect in a murder at her own wedding. John Hopewell, Variety, 18 Jan. 2022 Don’t Shoot Portland and began with a rally at Peninsula Park, a community gathering place in one of Portland’s historically black neighborhoods, located on Rosa Parks Way just a half mile from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 In a relatively quiet community like River Forest, safety-conscious residents can be reassured new Fire Chief Tom Gaertner can ramp things up if necessary. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, 17 Jan. 2022 For one thing, there was a large Korean community in Uzbekistan. Joshua Jung, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2022 It’s not about becoming a good skateboarder, but creating a good community. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 The service for the 15 victims who hailed from West Africa illustrated the unfathomable hole that the disaster left in a small, intimate community. New York Times, 16 Jan. 2022 Somewhat lost owing to the event was the long history of a uniquely Alaskan community where a distinct culture emerged that would help the survivors slowly recover from their trauma. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Jan. 2022 As Tompkins Rivas notes in her introduction, vernacular photography has played a critical role in recording a community whose presence in mainstream culture remains evanescent. Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2022

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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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Dictionary Entries Near community

communitarian

community

community-acquired

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21 Jan 2022

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“Community.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community. Accessed 24 Jan. 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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