[ kuh-myoon-l, kom-yuh-nl ]
See synonyms for: communalcommunally on

  1. used or shared in common by everyone in a group: a communal jug of wine.

  2. 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.

  1. pertaining to a commune or a community: communal life.

  2. engaged in by or involving two or more communities: communal conflict.

Origin of communal

First recorded in 1805–15; from French, from Latin commūnālis, equivalent to commūn(e) “community, state” + -ālis adjective suffix; see commune2, -al1

Other words for communal

Other words from communal

  • com·mu·nal·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·com·mu·nal, adjective
  • non·com·mu·nal, adjective
  • non·com·mu·nal·ly, adverb
  • un·com·mu·nal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use communal in a sentence

  • The non-communal social animals, on the contrary, are not thus restricted.

    Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris

British Dictionary definitions for communal


/ (ˈkɒmjʊnəl) /

  1. belonging or relating to a community as a whole

  2. relating to different groups within a society: communal strife

  1. of or relating to a commune or a religious community

Derived forms of communal

  • communality (ˌkɒmjʊˈnælɪtɪ), noun
  • communally, adverb

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