Com*mu"ni*ty (?), n.; pl. Communities (#). [L. communitas: cf. OF. communit'e. Cf. Commonalty, and see Common.]


Common possession or enjoyment; participation; as, a community of goods.

The original community of all things. Locke.

An unreserved community of thought and feeling. W. Irwing.


A body of people having common rights, privileges, or interests, or living in the same place under the same laws and regulations; as, a community of monks. Hence a number of animals living in a common home or with some apparent association of interests.

Creatures that in communities exist. Wordsworth.


Society at large; a commonwealth or state; a body politic; the public, or people in general.

Burdens upon the poorer classes of the community. Hallam.

⇒ In this sense, the term should be used with the definite article; as, the interests of the community.


Common character; likeness.


The essential community of nature between organic growth and inorganic growth. H. Spencer.


Commonness; frequency.


Eyes . . . sick and blunted with community. Shak.


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