community

noun

com·​mu·​ni·​ty kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē How to pronounce community (audio)
plural communities
often attributive
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
2
a
: 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

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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Word History

Etymology

Middle English comunete, from Anglo-French communité, from Latin communitat-, communitas, from communis — see common entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of community was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near community

Cite this Entry

“Community.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty kə-ˈmyü-nət-ē How to pronounce community (audio)
plural communities
1
a
: the people living in an area
also : the area itself
b
: a group of living things that belong to one or more species, interact ecologically, and are located in one place (as a bog or pond)
c
: a group of people with common interests especially when living together
a community of monks
2
a
: shared ownership or participation
community of goods
b
: similarity sense 1, likeness
a community of ideas
c
: shared activity : fellowship

Medical Definition

community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty kə-ˈmyü-nət-ē How to pronounce community (audio)
plural communities
: 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

Legal Definition

community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty
plural communities
1
: the people who live in a particular place or region and usually are linked by some common interests
2
a
: 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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