community

[ kuh-myoo-ni-tee ]
/ kəˈmyu nɪ ti /

noun, plural com·mu·ni·ties.

Origin of community

1325–75; < Latin commūnitās, equivalent to commūni(s) common + -tās -ty2; replacing Middle English comunete < Middle French < Latin as above

Related forms

com·mu·ni·tal, adjectivepro·com·mu·nity, adjective

Synonym study

1. Community, hamlet, village, town, city are terms for groups of people living in somewhat close association, and usually under common rules. Community is a general term, and town is often loosely applied. A commonly accepted set of connotations envisages hamlet as a small group, village as a somewhat larger one, town still larger, and city as very large. Size is, however, not the true basis of differentiation, but properly sets off only hamlet. Incorporation, or the absence of it, and the type of government determine the classification of the others.
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British Dictionary definitions for community

community

/ (kəˈmjuːnɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

Word Origin for community

C14: from Latin commūnitās, from commūnis common
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Science definitions for community

community

[ kə-myōōnĭ-tē ]

A group of organisms or populations living and interacting with one another in a particular environment. The organisms in a community affect each other's abundance, distribution, and evolutionary adaptation. Depending on how broadly one views the interaction between organisms, a community can be small and local, as in a pond or tree, or regional or global, as in a biome.
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