Definitions for commonˈkɒm ən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
com•mon*ˈkɒm ən(adj.; n.)-er, -est
(adj.)belonging equally to, or shared alike by, two or more or all in question:
pertaining or belonging equally to an entire community, nation, or culture:
a common language.
a common defense.
widespread; general; universal:
of frequent occurrence; usual; familiar:
a common mistake.
of mediocre or inferior quality; mean:
a rough, common fabric.
lacking rank, station, distinction, etc.; ordinary:
a common soldier.
in keeping with accepted standards; fundamental:
(of a syllable) able to be considered as either long or short.
(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.
bearing a similar mathematical relation to two or more entities.
of or pertaining to common stock.
(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
the right, in common with other persons, to pasture animals on another's land or to fish in another's waters.
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.
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.
(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.
Idioms for common:
in common,in joint possession or use; shared equally.
* 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
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"
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"
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"
common to or shared by two or more parties
"a common friend"; "the mutual interests of management and labor"
"a common (or familiar) complaint"; "the usual greeting"
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"
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"
of low or inferior quality or value
"of what coarse metal ye are molded"- Shakespeare; "produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population"
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"
to be expected; standard
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
seen, done, or used frequently
a common problem; It's common for students to lose sleep during exams.; a disease common among older men
shared by people or things
a common goal; characteristics common to both species of plant
ideas or goals shared by people or groups who disagree
to try to find common ground
sth that everyone knows
It's common knowledge that they hate each other.
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
an area of open public land in a town or city
walking on Boston Common
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
Mutual good, shared by more than one.
A tract of land in common ownership; common land.
To communicate (something).
To converse, talk.
To have sex.
Mutual; shared by more than one.
Occurring or happening regularly or frequently; usual.
It is common to find sharks off this coast.
Found in large numbers or in a large quantity.
Sharks are common in these waters.
Simple, ordinary or vulgar.
In some languages, particularly Germanic languages, of the gender originating from the coalescence of the masculine and feminine categories of nouns.
Of or pertaining to uncapitalized nouns in English, i.e., common nouns vs. proper nouns
vernacular, referring to the name of a kind of plant or animal, i.e., common name vs. scientific name
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).
belonging or relating equally, or similarly, to more than one; as, you and I have a common interest in the property
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
often met with; usual; frequent; customary
not distinguished or exceptional; inconspicuous; ordinary; plebeian; -- often in a depreciatory sense
given to habits of lewdness; prostitute
the people; the community
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
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
to converse together; to discourse; to confer
to have a joint right with others in common ground
to board together; to eat at a table in common
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.
- comumPortuguese (BR)
- κοινός, συνηθισμένοςGreek
- üldine, tavalineEstonian
- معمول؛ عادیFarsi
- courant, banalFrench
- običan, uobičajenCroatian
- įprastas, plačiai paplitęs, dažnai pasitaikantisLithuanian
- parasts; vienkāršs; izplatītsLatvian
- vanlig, alminneligNorwegian
- معمول؛ عادیPersian
- عمومى، په ټولو پورې مربوط، عادى، معمولى، دهر چا، مانوس، مشترك، كډPashto
- obişnuit, banalRomanian
- yaygın, çokça/sıkça görülenTurkish
- 通常的Chinese (Trad.)
- загальний; звичайнийUkrainian
- عام ، عمومیUrdu
- thông thườngVietnamese
- 通常的Chinese (Simp.)
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