What does Common mean?

Definitions for Common
ˈkɒm ənCom·mon

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

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"


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Common

    kom′un, adj. belonging equally to more than one: public: general: usual: frequent: ordinary: easy to be had: of little value: vulgar: of low degree.—n. (Shak.) the commonalty: a tract of open land, used in common by the inhabitants of a town, parish, &c.—v.i. (Shak.) to share.—adj. Common′able, held in common.—ns. Comm′onage, right of pasturing on a common: the right of using anything in common: a common; Comm′onalty, the general body of the people without any distinction of rank or authority; Comm′oner, one of the common people, as opposed to the nobles: a member of the House of Commons: at Oxford, a student who pays for his commons.—adv. Comm′only.—ns. Comm′onness; Comm′onplace, a common topic or subject: a platitude: a memorandum: a note.—adj. common: hackneyed.—v.i. to make notes: to put in a commonplace-book.—n. Comm′onplace-book, a note or memorandum book.—n.pl. Comm′ons, the common people: their representatives—i.e. the lower House of Parliament or House of Commons: common land: food at a common table: at Oxford, rations served at a fixed rate from the college buttery: food in general, rations.—n. Comm′on-sense, average understanding: good sense or practical sagacity: the opinion of a community: the universally admitted impressions of mankind.—Common Bench, Common Pleas, one of the divisions of the High Court of Justice; Common forms, the ordinary clauses which are of frequent occurrence in identical terms in writs and deeds; Common law, in England, the ancient customary law of the land; Common Prayer (Book of), the liturgy of the Church of England; Common-riding, the Scotch equivalent of Beating the Bounds (see Beat); Common room, in schools, colleges, &c., a room to which the members have common access.—In common, together: equally with others.—Make common cause with, to cast in one's lot with: to have the same interests and aims with.—Philosophy of common-sense, that school of philosophy which takes the universally admitted impressions of mankind as corresponding to the facts of things without any further scrutiny.—Short commons, scant fare, insufficient supply of rations.—The common, that which is common or usual; The common good, the interest of the community at large: the corporate property of a burgh in Scotland; The common people, the people in general. [Fr. commun—L. communis, prob. from com, together, and munis, serving, obliging.]

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Common in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Common in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Common in a Sentence

  1. Alexander Novak:

    We have a common position.

  2. Mark Zuckerberg:

    Common ground is important.

  3. Jess Ting:

    This is not a common injury.

  4. Robin Foroutan:

    It’s totally a common thing.

  5. Voltaire:

    Common sense is not so common.

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Translations for Common

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  • مشتركArabic
  • уртаҡBashkir
  • агу́льныBelarusian
  • разпространен, обикновен, общBulgarian
  • comú, comunaCatalan, Valencian
  • běžný, obvyklý, obyčejný, společnýCzech
  • comminsWelsh
  • sædvanlig, fælles, fælleskøn, almindelig, vanlig, fælledDanish
  • gemeinschaftlich, häufig, gemein, Gemein-, gewöhnlich, nicht ungewöhnlich, gemeinsam, verbreitetGerman
  • κοινόςGreek
  • comúnSpanish
  • شایع, رایج, معمولی, معمول, مشترکPersian
  • yhteismaa, yleinen, tavallinen, yhteisomaisuus, yhteinenFinnish
  • commune, commun, ordinaireFrench
  • coiteannIrish
  • àbhaisteach, cumanta, coitcheannScottish Gaelic
  • comúnGalician
  • שכיח, רגילה, משותפת, נפוצה, משותף, נפוץ, רגיל, שכיחהHebrew
  • közönségesHungarian
  • սովորական, հասարակArmenian
  • communInterlingua
  • umumIndonesian
  • komuna, ordinaraIdo
  • grossolano, grossolana, comune, volgare, ordinario, ordinariaItalian
  • 通常, 相互, 共通Japanese
  • 상호, 통상Korean
  • communisLatin
  • sama, biasaMalay
  • gemeen, gewone, veelvoorkomend, gemeengoed, gemene, commuun, meent, gewoonDutch
  • vanlig, felleskjønnNorwegian
  • comunOccitan
  • powszechny, pospolity, zwyczajny, zwykły, męsko-żeński, powszedni, wspólnyPolish
  • comumPortuguese
  • obișnuit, comun, uzualRomanian
  • обычный, повседневный, взаимный, обыкновенный, простой, повсеместный, общий род, распространённый, обыденный, общийRussian
  • skúpenSlovene
  • allmän, gemensam, vanlig, allmänning, utrumSwedish
  • సామాన్య, మామూలుTelugu
  • загальнийUkrainian
  • thường, chung, bình thường, thông thườngVietnamese
  • 常见Chinese

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