1275–1325; Middle English; back formation from communion
Governmenta small group of persons living together, sharing possessions, work, income, etc., and often pursuing unconventional lifestyles.
Governmenta close-knit community of people who share common interests.
Governmentthe smallest administrative division in France, Italy, Switzerland, etc., governed by a mayor assisted by a municipal council.
Governmenta similar division in some other country.
Governmentany community organized for the protection and promotion of local interests, and subordinate to the state.
Governmentthe government or citizens of a commune.
GovernmentSee people's commune.
World Historythe Commune. Also called Com′mune of Par′is, Paris Commune.
World Historya revolutionary committee that took the place of the municipality of Paris in the revolution of 1789, usurped the authority of the state, and was suppressed by the National Convention in 1794.
a socialistic government of Paris from March 18 to May 27, 1871.
Medieval Latin commūna (feminine), alteration of Latin commūne community, state, origin, originally neuter of commūniscommon