common meaning

[ 'kɔmən ] Pronunciation:   "common" in a sentence
Adjective: common (commoner,commonest)  kómun
  1. Belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public
    "for the common good"; "common lands are set aside for use by all members of a community" 
  2. Having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual
    "the common man"; "a common sailor"; "the common cold"; "a common nuisance"; "followed common procedure"; "it is common knowledge that she lives alone"; "the common housefly"; "a common brand of soap" 
  3. Common to or shared by two or more parties
    "a common friend"
    - mutual 
  4. Commonly encountered
    "a common complaint"
    - usual 
  5. Being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language
    "common parlance"
    - vernacular, vulgar 
  6. Of or associated with the great masses of people
    "the common people in those days suffered greatly"; "behaviour that branded him as common"
    - plebeian, vulgar, unwashed 
  7. Of low or inferior quality or value
    "produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population"
    - coarse 
  8. Lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
    "behaviour that branded him as common"
    - coarse, rough-cut, uncouth, vulgar 
  9. To be expected; standard
    "common decency"
Noun: common  kómun
  1. A piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area
    - park, commons, green

Derived forms: commons, commonest, commoner

See also: average, commonality, commonly, commonness, commonplaceness, communal, democratic, demotic, everydayness, familiar, frequent, general, grassroots, inferior, informal, joint, lowborn, ordinary, popular, public, shared, standard, unrefined, usual

Type of: parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract

Antonym: individual, uncommon

Part of: populated area, urban area

Encyclopedia: Common

[British slang]
Noun. Abb. of common sense.


A large plot of grassy, fenced-in, publicly owned land, generally at or near the center of a village or town; in earlier eras, once shared by the townspeople as a pasture.

1. Grounded.
2. Pertaining to a connection shared by several different points in a circuit or system.

n. A profit à prendre enjoyed by a number of landowners over common land. A right of common may be appurtenant, in gross (i.e. independent of any dominant tenement), or pur cause de vicinage ("by reason of neighbourhood": the right to allow animals grazing common land to stray onto adjoining common land). They generally comprise rights of pasture (grazing), piscary (fishing), turbary (rare; a right to take turf), ferae naturae(a right to take animals), estovers, etc., and unless they exist in gross are usually limited to the reasonable needs of the dominant tenements.


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