- 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".
common + -er (“comparative suffix”)
- 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.