A common sailor.
An example of common is the knowledge of drivers to stop at a red light.
The common interests of a group.
A common soldier.
A common denominator.
Embassadors were sent upon both parts, and divers means of entreaty were commoned of.
A band concert on the village common.
Gas stations became common as the use of cars grew.
Behavior that branded him as common.
A common criminal.
The common man.
- Equally with or by all.
- Equally with, or shared by, another or all concerned.
Origin of common
- Middle English commune from Old French commun from Latin commūnis mei-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English comun, from Anglo-Norman comun, from Old French comun (rare in the Gallo-Romance languages, but reinforced as a Carolingian calque of Frankish gemeini, gamaini "common" in Old French), from Latin commūnis (“common, public, general”), from Proto-Indo-European *ko-moin-i (“held in common”). Displaced native Middle English ȝemǣne, imene (“common, general, universal”) (from Old English ġemǣne (“common, universal”)), Middle English mǣne, mene (“mean, common”) (also from Old English ġemǣne (“common, universal”)), Middle English samen, somen (“in common, together”) (from Old English samen (“together”)).