noun (plural communities)
- 1A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common: Montreal’s Italian community the gay community in London the scientific communityMore example sentences
- All of the doubts of the scientific and intelligence community were kept from the public.
- I know I've been a responsible member of the African-American, gay, and entertainment communities.
- These figures do not take into account a growing lesbian and gay Internet community.
- 1.1A group of people living together and practising common ownership: a community of nunsMore example sentences
- Once a year I spend a weekend at a Buddhist monastery populated by a community of monks and nuns.
- They wanted to build a closed community where they could practise polygamy away from prying eyes.
- Paula expended her inheritance on building and supporting the twin communities and led her community of women with sensitivity and humility.
- 1.2A particular area or place considered together with its inhabitants: a rural community local communitiesMore example sentences
- We would love to have the involvement from towns, villages and communities from the surrounding areas that do not have a parade themselves.
- North Yorkshire and East Riding County Councils cover similar demographic areas - market towns and rural communities.
- So far, the project, which targets rural communities in poor areas of urban centers, has been implemented in three districts.
- 1.3A body of nations or states unified by common interests: [in names]: the European CommunityMore example sentences
- The party has perceived Britain as belonging to a community of nations with common interests and values.
- We do need a strong community of European nations where matters of common interest can be addressed.
- Being part of the community of nations carries with it certain responsibilities.
- 1.4 (the community) The people of a district or country considered collectively, especially in the context of social values and responsibilities; society: preparing prisoners for life back in the communityMore example sentences
- Isn't it your responsibility to ensure the community receives value for money?
- Historically, the family has been the basic social unit of the community.
- They taught the young ones how to behave, about values in the community.
- 1.5 [as modifier] Denoting a worker or resource designed to serve the people of a particular area: community health servicesMore example sentences
- Acomb's three main ward areas were regularly patrolled by community officers, or ward managers.
- During his time there he worked as a patrol officer and community constable.
- The next job was to secure the services of a community artist to assist in the tuition.
- 2 [mass noun] The condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common: the sense of community that organized religion can provideMore example sentences
- His daughter may have been more outgoing but she shared his sense of community.
- It is hard to think of a local scene without a locus, to have a sense of community without a common sense of place.
- It was a celebration of community through shared storytelling and of the human ability to create art.
- 2.1 [in singular] A similarity or identity: the law presupposes a community of interest between an employer and employeesMore example sentences
- There is a real community of interests here, if only both sides would see it.
- He understood that the country and Nazi Germany shared a community of aims.
- Under this part a group is a group that shares a distinct community of interest.
- 2.2Joint ownership or liability: the community of goodsMore example sentences
joint ownership, common ownership, shared possession; joint liability, joint participation
- It is religious belief, religious practice (ritual), and community of goods that holds them together.
- Property represented a problem for medieval economic thinkers because both scripture and natural law sanctioned the community of goods.
- 3 Ecology A group of interdependent plants or animals growing or living together in natural conditions or occupying a specified habitat: communities of insectivorous birdsMore example sentences
- In the natural environment, however, plants grow in communities and it is under these conditions that the root proliferation response has evolved.
- The park's current flora is analyzed by habitat and four plant communities are described and discussed.
- The members of this family are relatively common in Carboniferous faunal communities.
the international community
- The countries of the world considered collectively: the policy led to widespread condemnation from the international communityMore example sentences
- He underlined that the challenge was not simply to Britain and America but to the whole international community.
- Now is the time for the international community to show its worth.
- The UN is the international community's ultimate legal forum, but the techniques are the same.
late Middle English: from Old French comunete, reinforced by its source, Latin communitas, from communis (see common).