< /German gəˈmaɪnˌʃɑf tən/. (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.

noun plural -schaften (German -ʃaftən)

  1. (often capital) a social group united by common beliefs, family ties, etcCompare gesellschaft

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

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