commune[kə myo̵̅o̅n′; for n. käm′yo̵̅o̅n′]
- Commune is defined as a group of people living together in a shared community.
When a group of religious people go to live together in one area of town, this is an example of a religious commune.
- The definition of commune is to feel in close contact.
When you go camping to get close to nature, this is an example of when you commune with nature.
intransitive verbcommuned, communing
- to talk together intimately
- to be in close rapport: to commune with nature
- Archaic to receive Holy Communion
Origin of communeMiddle English communen ; from Old French comuner, to make common, share ; from comun (see common); also ; from Old French communier, to administer the sacrament ; from Classical Latin communicare, to share (LL(Ec), to receive the sacrament): see communicate
commune with oneself
- Archaic the common people
- a community; specif.,
- a local body for self-government, esp. in medieval towns
- Obsolete a mir
- the smallest administrative district of local government in France, Belgium, and some other countries in Europe
- a strictly organized collective farm, as in China
- ☆ a small group of people living communally and sharing in work, earnings, etc.
Origin of communeMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Medieval Latin communia, origin, originally plural of Classical Latin commune, literally , that which is common ; from communis, common
- the revolutionary government of Paris from 1792 to 1794
- the revolutionary government established in Paris from March 18 to May 28, 1871
intransitive verbcom·muned, com·mun·ing, com·munes
- To be in a state of intimate, heightened sensitivity and receptivity, as with one's surroundings: hikers communing with nature.
- To receive the Eucharist.
Origin of communeMiddle English comunen, to have common dealings with, converse, from Old French communer, to make common, share (from commun, common; see Common ) and perhaps from Old French communier, to share in the Communion (from Late Latin commūnicāre, from Latin, to communicate; see communicate).
- a. A relatively small, often rural community whose members share common interests, work, and income and often own property collectively.b. The people in such a community.
- The smallest local political division of various European countries, governed by a mayor and municipal council.
- a. A local community organized with a government for promoting local interests.b. A municipal corporation in the Middle Ages.
- often Communea. The revolutionary group that controlled the government of Paris from 1789 to 1794.b. The insurrectionary, socialist government that controlled Paris from March 18 to May 28, 1871.
Origin of communeFrench, independent municipality, from Old French comugne, from Medieval Latin commūnia, community, from neuter of Latin commūnis, common; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
From French commune, in turn deriving from Latin.
(third-person singular simple present communes, present participle communing, simple past and past participle communed)
- To converse together with sympathy and confidence; to interchange sentiments or feelings; to take counsel.
- (intransitive, followed by with) To communicate (with) spiritually; to be together (with); to contemplate or absorb.
- He spent a week in the backcountry, communing with nature.
- To receive the communion.
From Old French comuner (“to share”).