[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. commonwealth of nations,
  2. commorancy,
  3. commotion,
  4. commove,
  5. comms,
  6. communal aerial,
  7. communal marriage,
  8. communalism,
  9. communality,
  10. communalize

Origin of communal

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

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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 Formscommunality (ˌkɒmjʊˈnælɪtɪ), nouncommunally, adverb

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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.)).

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