- a person not of the nobility; member of the commonalty
- Brit. at some universities, a student who does not have a scholarship and therefore pays for food (called commons) and other expenses
Origin of commonerMiddle English communer ; from commun, common
- One of the common people.
- A person without noble rank or title.
- The potential for confusion with use of the noun as an adjective, especially in the UK, makes this form less desirable. It is much less commonly used than "more common".
- A member of the common people who holds no title or rank.
- (UK) Someone who is not of noble rank.
- (UK, at Oxbridge universities) An undergraduate who does not hold either a scholarship or an exhibition.
- Someone holding common rights because of residence or land ownership in a particular manor, especially rights on common land.