Gemeinschaft



[German guh-mahyn-shahft] /German gəˈmaɪnˌʃɑft/

noun, plural gemeinschaften
[German guh-mahyn-shahf-tuh n] /German gəˈmaɪnˌʃɑf tən/ (Show IPA). (often initial capital letter)
1.
an association of individuals having sentiments, tastes, and attitudes in common; fellowship.
2.
Sociology. a society or group characterized chiefly by a strong sense of common identity, close personal relationships, and an attachment to traditional and sentimental concerns.
/German ɡəˈmainʃaft/
noun (pl) -schaften (German) (-ʃaftən)
1.
(often capital) a social group united by common beliefs, family ties, etc Compare gesellschaft
n.

1887, from German gemeinschaft “social relationship based on affection or kinship” (contrasted with gesellschaft), from gemein “common, general” + -schaft “-ship.”

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