- used or shared in common by everyone in a group: a communal jug of wine.
- of, by, or belonging to the people of a community; shared or participated in by the public: communal land; Building the playground was a communal project.
- pertaining to a commune or a community: communal life.
- engaged in by or involving two or more communities: communal conflict.
Origin of communal
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Examples from the Web for communal
The remote controlled flying craft has gone from covert military ops to a communal backyard hobby.Why Every Home Needs a Drone This Holiday
December 8, 2014
It was about his art-making, but the communal life was based on erotic liberation.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl
September 22, 2014
Contestants, huddled on the couches of a communal room, clutched their faces in shock and some broke into sobs.No One Told ‘Big Brother Israel’ About the War
August 7, 2014
Winters uses that cataclysmic event to examine the slow deterioration of communal life in the face of annihilation.What Would You Do if the World Was Over?
August 5, 2014
More despicably, mothers often bear the brunt of the communal stigma.Why Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Babies Keep Getting Herpes
July 29, 2014
She's such a good girl, she was learning so nicely at the Communal School!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Communal: applied to life or dwelling in colonies like ants and bees.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
The first fields and crops were communal, and the result was disastrous.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
Again the handy cop in the communal center set her upon her way.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
Sacrifices might be individual or communal, occasional or periodical.Introduction to the History of Religions
Crawford Howell Toy
- belonging or relating to a community as a whole
- relating to different groups within a societycommunal strife
- of or relating to a commune or a religious community
Word Origin and History for communal
1811 in reference to communes; 1843 in reference to communities, from French communal (Old French comunal, 12c.), from Late Latin communalis, from communa (see commune (n.)).