Pronunciation: ( Ger. gu-mīn'shäft"),[key] —n., —pl.-schaf•tenPronunciation: ( Ger. -shäf"tun).[key](often cap.) 1. an association of individuals having sentiments, tastes, and attitudes in common; fellowship.
2. Sociol.a society or group characterized chiefly by a strong sense of common identity, close personal relationships, and an attachment to traditional and sentimental concerns. Cf. Gesellschaft.