(often lowercase) French History. a member or supporter of the Commune of 1871.Compare commune3(def 8b).
(lowercase) a person who lives in a commune.

Origin of Communard

From French, dating back to 1870–75; see origin at commune3, -ard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for communard

Historical Examples of communard

  • Beside it the Communard journals, in spite of their romanticism, show pale and dull.

  • They attacked him from every standpoint, though on one point they seemed in agreement, namely: that he was a communard.

  • Gambon was one of the mildest of creatures, and somewhat of a "communard malgr lui."

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam

  • The honest Minister, not having succeeded in getting his enemy shot as a Communard, summoned him before the assizes for libel.

  • For every captured Communard or sympathizer with the Commune shot by the Versaillese, three hostages were to be shot.

British Dictionary definitions for communard



a member of a commune



any person who participated in or supported the Paris Commune formed after the Franco-Prussian War in 1871

Word Origin for Communard

C19: from French
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