Common definition

kŏmən
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Widespread; prevalent.

Gas stations became common as the use of cars grew.

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A tract of land, usually in a centrally located spot, belonging to or used by a community as a whole.

A band concert on the village common.

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Widely existing; general; prevalent.

Common knowledge.

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Common stock.
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(anat.) Formed of or dividing into branches.
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Belonging equally to, or shared by, two or more or by all.

The common interests of a group.

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Below ordinary; inferior.

Common ware.

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Not refined; vulgar; low; coarse.
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Land owned or used by all the inhabitants of a place; tract of open public land, esp. as a park in a city or town.
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The legal right of a person to use the lands or waters of another, as for fishing.
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Having no rank.

A common soldier.

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The common people; commonalty.
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The House of Commons.
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A building or hall for dining, typically at a university or college.
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Not of the upper classes; of the masses.

The common man.

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Unrefined or coarse in manner; vulgar.

Behavior that branded him as common.

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Belonging or relating to the community at large; public.

Common carriers.

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The definition of common is something that belongs to or is shared by two or more people or the community at large.

An example of common is the knowledge of drivers to stop at a red light.

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Having no special designation, status, or rank.

A common sailor.

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Belonging equally to or shared equally by two or more; joint.

Common interests.

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Of or relating to the community as a whole; public.

For the common good.

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Occurring frequently or habitually; usual.

It is common for movies to last 90 minutes or more.

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Most widely known; ordinary.

The common housefly.

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Not distinguished by superior or noteworthy characteristics; average.

The common spectator.

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Of no special quality; standard.

Common procedure.

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Of mediocre or inferior quality; second-rate.

Common cloth.

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Either masculine or feminine in gender.
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Representing one or all of the members of a class; not designating a unique entity.
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(ecclesiastical) A service used for a particular class of festivals.
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The social class composed of commoners.
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The parliamentary representatives of this class.
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(math.) Belonging equally to two or more quantities.

A common denominator.

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Met with or occurring frequently; familiar; usual.

A common sight.

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Basic; simple; rudimentary.

Common courtesy.

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Designating a noun that refers to any of a group or class.

“book,” “apple,” and “street” are common nouns.

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Designating gender that can be either masculine or feminine.

The word “child” is of common gender.

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(law) The right that a person has, in common with the owner or others, in the land or waters of another.
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The office or service suitable for any of a class of festivals.
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The ordinary of the Mass.
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Mutual; shared by more than one.

The two competitors have the common aim of winning the championship. Winning the championship is an aim common to the two competitors.

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It is common to find sharks off this coast.

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Found in large numbers or in a large quantity.

Sharks are common in these waters.

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(grammar) In some languages, particularly Germanic languages, of the gender originating from the coalescence of the masculine and feminine categories of nouns.
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Of or pertaining to uncapitalized nouns in English, i.e., common nouns vs. proper nouns.
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Vernacular, referring to the name of a kind of plant or animal, i.e., common name vs. scientific name.
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Mutual good, shared by more than one.
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A tract of land in common ownership; common land.
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The people; the community.
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(law) The right of taking a profit in the land of another, in common either with the owner or with other persons; so called from the community of interest which arises between the claimant of the right and the owner of the soil, or between the claimants and other commoners entitled to the same right.
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Grafton.

Embassadors were sent upon both parts, and divers means of entreaty were commoned of.

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Widely but unfavorably known.

A common criminal.

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in common
  • Equally with or by all.
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in common
  • equally with, or shared by, another or all concerned
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
common
Plural:
commons

Adjective

Base Form:
common
Comparative:
commoner
Superlative:
commonest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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”)).

    From Wiktionary