• (RP) enPR: kŏm'yo͞on, IPA: /ˈkɒmjuːn/
  • (America) enPR: käm'yo͞on, IPA: /ˈkɑmjuːn/


  1. A small community, often rural, whose members share in the ownership of property, and in the division of labour; the members of such a community.
  2. A local political division in many European countries.
  3. (obsolete) The commonalty; the common people.
  4. (uncountable, obsolete) communion; sympathetic intercourse or conversation between friends
    • 1849, [Alfred, Lord Tennyson], In Memoriam, London: Edward Moxon, […], published 1850, OCLC 3968433 ↗, (please specify ):
      For days of happy commune dead.
  • Russian: общи́на
  • Spanish: comuna
Translations Pronunciation
  • enPR: kəmyo͞on', IPA: /kəˈmjuːn/

commune (communes, present participle communing; past and past participle communed)

  1. To converse together with sympathy and confidence; to interchange sentiments or feelings; to take counsel.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      I would commune with you of such things / That want no ear but yours.
  2. (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.
  3. (Christianity, intransitive) To receive the communion.
    • Namely, in these things, in prohibiting that none should commune alone, in making the people whole communers, or in suffering them to commune under both kinds […]

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