What does commonwealth mean?

Definitions for commonwealthˈkɒm ənˌwɛlθ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word commonwealth.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. commonwealth(noun)

    the official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico)

  2. state, nation, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politic(noun)

    a politically organized body of people under a single government

    "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"

  3. commonwealth(noun)

    a world organization of autonomous states that are united in allegiance to a central power but are not subordinate to it or to one another

  4. democracy, republic, commonwealth(noun)

    a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them


  1. commonwealth(Noun)

    A form of government, named for the concept that everything that is not owned by specific individuals or groups is owned collectively by everyone in the governmental unit, as opposed to a state, where the state itself owns such things.

  2. commonwealth(Noun)

    Approximately, a republic.

    May 19, 1649 Be it declared and enacted by this present Parliament and by the Authoritie of the same That the People of England and of all the Dominions and Territoryes thereunto belonging are and shall be and are hereby constituted, made, established, and confirmed to be a Commonwealth and free State And shall from henceforth be Governed as a Commonwealth and Free State by the supreame Authoritie of this Nation, the Representatives of the People in Parliam[ent] and by such as they shall appoint and constitute as Officers and Ministers under them for the good of the People and that without any King or House of Lords. Act of the Long Parliament.

  3. Commonwealth(ProperNoun)

    The Commonwealth of Nations, a loose confederation of nations based around the former British Empire.

  4. Commonwealth(ProperNoun)

    Australia, the Commonwealth of Australia,

    Mr. Martin was found guilty of defrauding the Commonwealth by making false welfare claims.

  5. Commonwealth(ProperNoun)

    Kentucky, the Commonwealth of Kentucky,

  6. Commonwealth(ProperNoun)

    Massachusetts, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,

  7. Commonwealth(ProperNoun)

    Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,

  8. Commonwealth(ProperNoun)

    Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia,

  9. Origin: Originally "common-wealt" or "common weal". From 15th century, a compound of common (in the sense "public") and wealth (in the old sense "well-being"). Expanded in the 17th century to mean "a state in which the supreme power is vested in the people; a republic or democratic state." (OED)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commonwealth(noun)

    a state; a body politic consisting of a certain number of men, united, by compact or tacit agreement, under one form of government and system of laws

  2. Commonwealth(noun)

    the whole body of people in a state; the public

  3. Commonwealth(noun)

    specifically, the form of government established on the death of Charles I., in 1649, which existed under Oliver Cromwell and his son Richard, ending with the abdication of the latter in 1659


  1. Commonwealth

    Commonwealth is a traditional English term for a political community founded for the common good. Historically, it has sometimes been synonymous with "republic". More recently it has been used for fraternal associations of some sovereign nations. Most notably, the Commonwealth of Nations, an association primarily of former members of the British Empire, is often referred to as simply "the Commonwealth".

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'commonwealth' in Nouns Frequency: #2043


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of commonwealth in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of commonwealth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alexander Pope:

    A family is but too often a commonwealth of malignants.

  2. Elizabeth II:

    It is easy enough to define what the Commonwealth is not. Indeed this is quite a popular pastime.

  3. Bryant McGill:

    The roots of all commonwealth are planted in the understanding that we are all the same human beings.

  4. Doral Legal Counsel Matthew McGill:

    We proved at trial that the Commonwealth entered into the contract with its eyes open and took millions of dollars in benefits as part of the bargain.

  5. Brenda Jones:

    This type of murder with the allegations is exceptional, she's entitled to due process, even though the facts according to the commonwealth don't look good.

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