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

Example Sentences

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 The super-human efforts of libraries, community groups and arts organizations to provide shut-in San Diegans with story-times, Zoom guitar lessons and sustaining food deliveries. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2022 Mayor Rick West was expected to hold a community vigil Monday to honor and grieve the victims. Grace Hauck And Paul Bibeau, USA TODAY, 26 Nov. 2022 A few days prior, some hundred or so family and community members had inaugurated the space with a private ceremony, floating candles in the water and laying flowers on the names. Jesse Dorris, The New Yorker, 26 Nov. 2022 Philadelphia's Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Office of Emergency Management have been preparing for the arrivals since summer, coordinating with community organizations. Arkansas Online, 26 Nov. 2022 Roxborough Park is a community located about 25 miles south of Denver. CBS News, 25 Nov. 2022 Slaugh said that after the gunman was subdued, the club instantly became a community again. Amy Forliti And Stephen Groves, Chicago Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 Slaugh said that after the gunman was subdued, the club instantly became a community again. Amy Forliti And Stephen Groves, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Nov. 2022 In the 1920s and ‘30s, Little Tokyo was the biggest Japanese American community in the continental U.S., and the festival boosted its business and culture during the Depression. Patt Morrisoncolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 1 Dec. 2022.

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 community Louisiana 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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