Definitions for commonˈkɒm ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•mon*ˈkɒm ən(adj.; n.)-er, -est

  1. (adj.)belonging equally to, or shared alike by, two or more or all in question:

    common objectives.

  2. pertaining or belonging equally to an entire community, nation, or culture:

    a common language.

  3. joint; united:

    a common defense.

  4. widespread; general; universal:

    common knowledge.

  5. of frequent occurrence; usual; familiar:

    a common mistake.

  6. of mediocre or inferior quality; mean:

    a rough, common fabric.

  7. coarse; vulgar:

    common manners.

  8. lacking rank, station, distinction, etc.; ordinary:

    a common soldier.

  9. in keeping with accepted standards; fundamental:

    common decency.

  10. (of a syllable) able to be considered as either long or short.

    Category: Prosody

  11. (of a grammatical case) fulfilling different functions that in some languages would require different inflected forms: of or pertaining to a word or gender that may refer to either a male or female: Frenchélève constituting a gender comprising nouns that were formerly masculine or feminine:

    English nouns used as subject or object are in the common case.

    “pupil” has common gender.

    Dutch nouns are either common or neuter in gender.

    Category: Grammar

  12. bearing a similar mathematical relation to two or more entities.

    Category: Math

  13. of or pertaining to common stock.

    Category: Business

  14. (n.)Often, commons. a tract of land owned or used jointly by the residents of a community, as a central square or park in a city or town.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Dialect

  15. the right, in common with other persons, to pasture animals on another's land or to fish in another's waters.

    Category: Law

  16. commons, the common people; commonalty. the body of people not of noble birth, as represented by the House of Commons. (cap.) (used with a sing. v.) the House of Commons.

    Category: Government

  17. commons, (used with a sing. v.) a large dining room, esp. at a university or college. (usu. with a pl. v.) food or provisions for any group.

  18. (sometimes cap.) an ecclesiastical office or form of service used on a festival of a particular kind. the ordinary of the Mass, esp. those parts sung by the choir.

    Category: Religion

Idioms for common:

  1. in common,in joint possession or use; shared equally.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: common , ordinary , vulgar refer, often with derogatory connotations, to what is usual or most often experienced. common applies to what is widespread or unexceptional; it often suggests inferiority or coarseness: common servants; common cloth. ordinary refers to what is to be expected in the usual order of things; it suggests being average or below average: a high price for something of such ordinary quality. vulgar means belonging to the people or characteristic of common people; it suggests low taste, coarseness, or ill breeding: vulgar manners; vulgar speech. See also general.

Origin of common:

1250–1300; ME comun < AF, OF < L commūnis common <com-+mūnus task, duty, gift, c. mean2


Princeton's WordNet

  1. park, commons, common, green(adj)

    a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area

    "they went for a walk in the park"

  2. common(adj)

    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"

  3. common(adj)

    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"

  4. common, mutual(adj)

    common to or shared by two or more parties

    "a common friend"; "the mutual interests of management and labor"

  5. common, usual(adj)

    commonly encountered

    "a common (or familiar) complaint"; "the usual greeting"

  6. common, vernacular, vulgar(adj)

    being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language

    "common parlance"; "a vernacular term"; "vernacular speakers"; "the vulgar tongue of the masses"; "the technical and vulgar names for an animal species"

  7. common, plebeian, vulgar, unwashed(adj)

    of or associated with the great masses of people

    "the common people in those days suffered greatly"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "his square plebeian nose"; "a vulgar and objectionable person"; "the unwashed masses"

  8. coarse, common(adj)

    of low or inferior quality or value

    "of what coarse metal ye are molded"- Shakespeare; "produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population"

  9. coarse, common, rough-cut, uncouth, vulgar(adj)

    lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

    "he had coarse manners but a first-rate mind"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "an untutored and uncouth human being"; "an uncouth soldier--a real tough guy"; "appealing to the vulgar taste for violence"; "the vulgar display of the newly rich"

  10. common(adj)

    to be expected; standard

    "common decency"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. common(adjective)ˈkɒm ən

    seen, done, or used frequently

    a common problem; It's common for students to lose sleep during exams.; a disease common among older men

  2. commonˈkɒm ən

    shared by people or things

    a common goal; characteristics common to both species of plant

  3. commonˈkɒm ən

    ideas or goals shared by people or groups who disagree

    to try to find common ground

  4. commonˈkɒm ən

    sth that everyone knows

    It's common knowledge that they hate each other.

  5. commonˈkɒm ən

    not special at all; = ordinary

    a common criminal; common courtesy/decency; plants commonly found in the Northeast; the water beetle, commonly known as a "backswimmer"; a belief commonly held in the area

  6. common(noun)ˈkɒm ən

    an area of open public land in a town or city

    walking on Boston Common

  7. commonˈkɒm ən

    to share the same belief or characteristic

    I don't have a lot in common with my brother.; a trait that the two cultures have in common


  1. common(Noun)

    Mutual good, shared by more than one.

  2. common(Noun)

    A tract of land in common ownership; common land.

  3. common(Verb)

    To communicate (something).

  4. common(Verb)

    To converse, talk.

  5. common(Verb)

    To have sex.

  6. common(Adjective)

    Mutual; shared by more than one.

  7. common(Adjective)

    Occurring or happening regularly or frequently; usual.

    It is common to find sharks off this coast.

  8. common(Adjective)

    Found in large numbers or in a large quantity.

    Sharks are common in these waters.

  9. common(Adjective)

    Simple, ordinary or vulgar.

  10. common(Adjective)

    In some languages, particularly Germanic languages, of the gender originating from the coalescence of the masculine and feminine categories of nouns.

  11. common(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to uncapitalized nouns in English, i.e., common nouns vs. proper nouns

  12. common(Adjective)

    vernacular, referring to the name of a kind of plant or animal, i.e., common name vs. scientific name

  13. Origin: From comun, from comun, from comun (rare in Gallo-Romance. Reinforced as a Carolingian calque of gemeini, gamaini "common" in ) from communis, from ko-moin-i. Displaced native imene (from gemæne), mene (also from gemæne), samen (from samen).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Common

    belonging or relating equally, or similarly, to more than one; as, you and I have a common interest in the property

  2. Common

    belonging to or shared by, affecting or serving, all the members of a class, considered together; general; public; as, properties common to all plants; the common schools; the Book of Common Prayer

  3. Common

    often met with; usual; frequent; customary

  4. Common

    not distinguished or exceptional; inconspicuous; ordinary; plebeian; -- often in a depreciatory sense

  5. Common

    profane; polluted

  6. Common

    given to habits of lewdness; prostitute

  7. Common(noun)

    the people; the community

  8. Common(noun)

    an inclosed or uninclosed tract of ground for pleasure, for pasturage, etc., the use of which belongs to the public; or to a number of persons

  9. Common(noun)

    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

  10. Common(verb)

    to converse together; to discourse; to confer

  11. Common(verb)

    to participate

  12. Common(verb)

    to have a joint right with others in common ground

  13. Common(verb)

    to board together; to eat at a table in common


  1. Common

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip-hop recording artist and actor from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. His first major-label album, Like Water for Chocolate, received widespread critical acclaim and tremendous commercial success. His first Grammy award was in 2003 for Best R&B Song for "Love of My Life" with Erykah Badu. Its popularity was matched by May 2005's Be, which was nominated in the 2006 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album. Common was awarded his second Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for "Southside", from his July 2007 album Finding Forever. His best-of album, Thisisme Then: The Best of Common, was released on November 27, 2007. Common has also initiated a burgeoning acting career, starring significant roles in such films as Smokin' Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, and New Year's Eve. He also narrated the award-winning documentary Bouncing Cats, about one man's efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hop/b-boy culture. He currently stars as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'common' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #495

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'common' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1101

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'common' in Adjectives Frequency: #58

Translations for common

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


seen or happening often; quite normal or usual

a common occurrence; These birds are not so common nowadays.

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