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. engaged in by or involving two or more communities: communal conflict.
Origin of communal
1805–15;Related formscom·mu·nal·ly, adverbin·ter·com·mu·nal, adjectivenon·com·mu·nal, adjectivenon·com·mu·nal·ly, adverbun·com·mu·nal, adjective
< Latin commūnālis,
equivalent to commūn(e
+ -ālis -al1
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Derived Formscommunality (ˌkɒmjʊˈnælɪtɪ), nouncommunally, adverb
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
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Word Origin and History for intercommunal
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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