[ kuh-myoon-l, kom-yuh-nl ]
/ kəˈmyun l, ˈkɒm yə nl /


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

1805–15; < French < Latin commūnālis, equivalent to commūn(e) commune3 + -ālis -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM communal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for communal

/ (ˈkɒmjʊnəl) /


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

Derived forms of communal

communality (ˌkɒmjʊˈnælɪtɪ), nouncommunally, adverb
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