If a number of people consider themselves one group based on location, work, religion, nationality, or even activity, they can be called a community. If you like to play online games, you are active in the gamer community.

The original meaning of Latin communitatem "a sense of fellowship" shifted to mean "a specific group of people with a common interest" during the Middle Ages. The modern English word community has both of these meanings available. Street festivals or school fairs can help to develop a sense of community in schools or neighborhoods. If you start a campaign to clean up the community, you want to make the area you live in more attractive.

Primary Meanings of community

a group of people living in a particular local area
common ownership
Full Definitions of community

n a group of people living in a particular local area

“the team is drawn from all parts of the community
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a community of Native Americans who speak a Hokan language and live in northeastern California
a community of Native Americans who speak a Hokan language and live in Baja California
the small group of Quechua living in the Cuzco Valley in Peru who established hegemony over their neighbors in order to create an empire that lasted from about 1100 until the Spanish conquest in the early 1530s
a community of South American Indians in Peru who were formerly the ruling class of the Incan Empire
a community of Negroid people in southern South Africa
a community of Negroid people in eastern South Africa
Circassian people living east of the Black Sea
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a local church community
a community of people in a religious order (especially nuns) living together
the members of a religious community living together
Islam Nation, Islamic Ummah, Muslim Ummah, Umma, Ummah
the Muslim community or people, considered to extend from Mauritania to Pakistan
speech community
people sharing a given language or dialect
neighborhood, neighbourhood
people living near one another
settlement, small town, village
a community of people smaller than a town
crossroads, hamlet
a community of people smaller than a village
a nomadic community
a community of Native Americans who speak an Eskimo-Aleut language and inhabit the Aleutian Islands and southwestern Alaska
a mostly Sunni Muslim community living in northwestern Caucasia
(slang) a neighborhood
people living or working on the same street
a cooperative Israeli village or settlement comprised of small farms
Golden Horde
a Mongolian army that swept over eastern Europe in the 13th century
Type of:
assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place

n a district where people live; occupied primarily by private residences

residential area, residential district
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a section of northwestern Washington, D.C.
Greenwich Village
a mainly residential district of Manhattan; `the Village' became a home for many writers and artists in the 20th century
a suburb of London and the headquarters of the club where annual international tennis championships are played on grass courts
a northwestern suburb of Paris; the residence of the Merovingian royalty in the 7th century
a southeastern suburb of Paris; site of an international airport serving Paris
Sun City
a residential suburb of Phoenix
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planned community
a residential district that is planned for a certain class of residents
a residential part of town away from the central commercial district
suburb, suburban area, suburbia
a residential district located on the outskirts of a city
a residential area outside of a city and beyond suburbia
tenement district
a residential district occupied primarily with tenement houses
rabbit warren, warren
an overcrowded residential area
retirement community, retirement complex
a planned community for residents who have retired from an active working life
a suburban area laid out in streets and lots for a future residential area
bedroom community
a community where many commuters live
a New Orleans district lying outside the original city limits; used in combination with the names of various quarters of the city
stockbroker belt
a wealthy residential suburb
Type of:
district, dominion, territorial dominion, territory
a region marked off for administrative or other purposes

n a group of nations having common interests

“they hoped to join the NATO community
Type of:
global organization, international organisation, international organization, world organisation, world organization
an international alliance involving many different countries

n (ecology) a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other

biotic community
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Great Arabian Desert
a desert on the Arabian Peninsula in southwestern Asia
Arabian Desert
a desert in Egypt between the Nile River and the Red Sea
Atacama Desert
a desert in northern Chile rich in nitrate and copper deposits
Great Australian Desert
general name given to all desert areas in Australia
Black Rock Desert
a desert in northwestern Nevada
Chihuahuan Desert
a desert in western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico
Colorado Desert
an arid region of southeastern California
Great Salt Desert
a salt desert in north central Iran
a desert in eastern Iran
Death Valley
a desert area that is part of the Mojave Desert in eastern California and southwestern Nevada; contains the lowest point in North America
Gibson Desert
a desert area in western Australia
Gila Desert
a desert area in southern Arizona
Gobi Desert
a desert in central China
Great Sandy Desert
a desert region in northwestern Australia to the north of the Gibson Desert
Great Victoria Desert
a desert region in south central Australia to the north of the Nullarbor Plain
Kalahari Desert
a desert in southwestern Africa - largely Botswana
Turkestan Desert
a desert in Turkmenistan to the south of the Aral Sea
Kizil Kum
a desert in Uzbekistan to the southeast of the Aral Sea
Libyan Desert
the northeastern part of the Sahara Desert in Libya and Egypt and Sudan
Mohave Desert
a desert area in southern California and western Arizona
Namib Desert
a desert in Namibia extending along the coast between the high plateau and the Atlantic Ocean
An Nafud
a desert in northern Saudi Arabia that is noted for its red sand and violent winds
Negev Desert
a desert in southern Israel
Nubian Desert
an arid sandstone plateau in northeastern Sudan between the Nile and the Red Sea
Painted Desert
a desert on a high plateau in northeastern Arizona
Patagonian Desert
a semiarid region in southern South America
Great Sandy Desert
a desert in southern Saudi Arabia
Sahara Desert
the world's largest desert (3,500,000 square miles) in northern Africa
Simpson Desert
a desert region of central Australia
Sinai Desert
a desert on the Sinai Peninsula in northeastern Egypt
Sonoran Desert
a desert in southwestern Arizona
Syrian Desert
a desert of northern Arabia occupying western Iraq, southern Syria, eastern Jordan, and northern Saudi Arabia
Taklamakan Desert
a desert in western China
Great Indian Desert
a desert to the east of the Indus River in northwestern India and southeastern Pakistan
Black Forest
a hilly forest region in southwestern Germany
Great Plains of North America
a vast prairie region extending from Alberta and Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada south through the west central United States into Texas; formerly inhabited by Native Americans
Sherwood Forest
an ancient forest in central England; formerly a royal hunting ground; said to be the home of Robin Hood and his merry band
a wooded region in northeastern Virginia near Spotsylvania where bloody but inconclusive battles were fought in the American Civil War
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a major biotic community characterized by the dominant forms of plant life and the prevailing climate
arid land with little or no vegetation
land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life
forest, timber, timberland, woodland
land that is covered with trees and shrubs
Type of:
group, grouping
any number of entities (members) considered as a unit

n common ownership

“they shared a community of possessions”
Type of:
the relation of an owner to the thing possessed; possession with the right to transfer possession to others

n agreement as to goals

“the preachers and the bootleggers found they had a community of interests”
community of interests
Type of:
accord, agreement
harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters

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