a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.
a locality inhabited by such a group.
a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists (usually preceded by the): the business community; the community of scholars.
a group of associated nations sharing common interests or a common heritage: the community of Western Europe.
Ecclesiastical a group of men or women leading a common life according to a rule.