- 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.
- A local political division in many European countries.
- (obsolete) The commonalty; the common people.
- (uncountable, obsolete) communion; sympathetic intercourse or conversation between friends
- 1849, [Alfred, Lord Tennyson], In Memoriam, London: Edward Moxon, […], published 1850, OCLC 3968433 ↗, (
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- For days of happy commune dead.
- Russian: общи́на
- Spanish: comuna
commune (communes, present participle communing; past and past participle communed)
- 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.
- (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.
- (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 […]