com·mu·ni·ty /kəˈmjunətɪ/ 名詞
Com·mu·ni·ty n.; pl. Communities
1. 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. Irving.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Note: ☞ In this sense, the term should be used with the definite article; as, the interests of the community.
4. Common character; likeness. [R.]
The essential community of nature between organic growth and inorganic growth. --H. Spencer.
5. Commonness; frequency. [Obs.]
Eyes . . . sick and blunted with community. --Shak.
n 1: a group of people living in a particular local area; "the
team is drawn from all parts of the community"
2: a group of people having ethnic or cultural or religious
characteristics in common; "the Christian community of the
apostolic age"; "he was well known throughout the Catholic
3: common ownership; "they shared a community of possessions"
4: a group of nations having common interests; "they hoped to
join the NATO community"
5: the body of people in a learned occupation; "the news spread
rapidly through the medical community" [syn: profession]
6: agreement as to goals; "the preachers and the bootleggers
found they had a community of interests" [syn: community
7: a district where people live; occupied primarily by private
residences [syn: residential district, residential area]
8: (ecology) a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the
same region and interacting with each other [syn: biotic