< /German gəˈmaɪnˌʃɑf tən/. (often initial capital letter)
- an association of individuals having sentiments, tastes, and attitudes in common; fellowship.
- 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)
- (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.”