[ German guh-mahyn-shahft ]
/ German gəˈmaɪnˌʃɑft /

noun, plural ge·mein·schaf·ten [German guh-mahyn-shahf-tuh n] /German gəˈmaɪnˌʃɑf tən/. (often initial capital letter)

an association of individuals having sentiments, tastes, and attitudes in common; fellowship.
Sociology. a society or group characterized chiefly by a strong sense of common identity, close personal relationships, and an attachment to traditional and sentimental concerns.
Compare gesellschaft.

Origin of gemeinschaft

1935–40; < German: community, equivalent to gemein common + -schaft -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (German ɡəˈmainʃaft) /

noun plural -schaften (German -ʃaftən)

(often capital) a social group united by common beliefs, family ties, etcCompare gesellschaft

Word Origin for gemeinschaft

German, literally: community
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