noun, plural com·mu·ni·ties.
Origin of community
Examples from the Web for community
What matters is being honest, humble, and a faithful and loyal friend, father and member of your community.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv|Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Then we all have to do our part to engage the officers and our community, and hold everyone accountable in the process.
Community policing is expensive and, in an era of budget cuts, increasingly rare.
In being himself, he was also representing a community of people that talked how he talked and saw what he saw.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott|Stereo Williams|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And like all prophets, he was under-appreciated by his country, his community, and his party for far too long.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The gipsies have been all frightened away by the Vagrants Act, and no great loss to the community in general.The Hardy Country|Charles G. Harper
Great was the commotion stirred up against him in the Jewish community of Amsterdam.Creed And Deed|Felix Adler
Life in the community must be exalted, and fitted to become the representative of spiritual life.Ethics and Modern Thought|Rudolf Eucken
Still this is not quite the same thing as that fuller national unity which is felt where there is community of language.Prose Masterpieces from Modern Essayists|James Anthony Froude, Edward A. Freeman, William Ewart Gladstone, John Henry Newman and Leslie Stephen
Nor can inconvenience to the community be alleged as an objection to such a regulation.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|James D. Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for community
noun plural -ties
- the people living in one locality
- the locality in which they live
- (as modifier)community spirit
Word Origin for community
Word Origin and History for community
late 14c., from Old French comunité "community, commonness, everybody" (Modern French communauté), from Latin communitatem (nominative communitas) "community, society, fellowship, friendly intercourse; courtesy, condescension, affability," from communis "common, public, general, shared by all or many," (see common (adj.)). Latin communitatem "was merely a noun of quality ... meaning 'fellowship, community of relations or feelings,' but in med.L. it was, like universitas, used concretely in the sense of 'a body of fellows or fellow-townsmen' " [OED].
An Old English word for "community" was gemænscipe "community, fellowship, union, common ownership," from mæne "common, public, general," probably composed from the same PIE roots as communis. Community service as a criminal sentence is recorded from 1972, American English. Community college is recorded from 1959.