Meaning of COMMUNITY in English



Pronunciation: k ə - ' myü-n ə -t ē

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural -ties

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Middle English comunete, from Anglo-French communité, from Latin communitat-, communitas, from communis

Date: 14th century

1 : a unified body of individuals: as a : STATE , COMMONWEALTH b : the people with common interests living in a particular area broadly : the area itself <the problems of a large community > c : an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location d : a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society <a community of retired persons> e : a group linked by a common policy f : a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests <the international community > g : a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society <the academic community >

2 : society at large

3 a : joint ownership or participation < community of goods> b : common character : LIKENESS < community of interests> c : social activity : FELLOWSHIP d : a social state or condition

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.