What does Commons mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. park, commons, common, greennoun

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

    "they went for a walk in the park"

  2. commons, common landnoun

    a pasture subject to common use

  3. commonalty, commonality, commonsnoun

    a class composed of persons lacking clerical or noble rank

  4. third estate, Commonsnoun

    the common people


  1. commonsnoun

    A dining hall, usually at a college or university.

  2. commonsnoun

    A central section of (usually an older) town, designated as a shared area, a common.

  3. commonsnoun

    The mutual good of all; the abstract concept of resources shared by more than one, for example air, water, information.

    "The tragedy of the commons" is that none wish to make sacrifices of their or their family's interests for the common good.

  4. Commonsnoun

    The House of Commons, part of the parliament under the Westminister system of parliamentary democracy.

  5. Commonsnoun

    The House of Commons, part of the parliament of the United Kingdom.

  6. Commonsnoun

    The House of Commons, part of the parliament of Canada.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Commonsnoun

    Little office
    The hateful commons will perform for us;
    Except, like curs, to tear us all in pieces. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    Hath he not pass’d the nobles and the commons? William Shakespeare.

    These three to kings and chiefs their scenes display,
    The rest before the ignoble commons play. John Dryden, Fables.

    The gods of greater nations dwell around,
    And, on the right and left, the palace bound;
    The commons where they can: the nobler sort,
    With winding doors wide open, front the court. Dryden.

    My good lord,
    How now for mitigation of this bill
    Urg’d by the commons? Doth his majesty
    Incline to it, or no? William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    In the house of commons many gentlemen, unsatisfied of his guilt, durst not condemn him. Charles I .

    He painted himself of a dove-colour, and took his commons with the pigeons. Roger L'Estrange.

    Mean while she quench’d her fury at the flood,
    And with a lenten sallad cool’d her blood:
    Their commons, though but coarse, were nothing scant;
    Nor did their minds an equal banquet want. Dryden.

    The doctor now obeys the summons,
    Likes both his company and commons;
    Displays his talent; sits ’till ten;
    Next day invited, comes again. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Commons

    The commons is the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, not owned privately. Commons can also be understood as natural resources that groups of people (communities, user groups) manage for individual and collective benefit. Characteristically, this involves a variety of informal norms and values (social practice) employed for a governance mechanism. Commons can be also defined as a social practice of governing a resource not by state or market but by a community of users that self-governs the resource through institutions that it creates .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commons

    the mass of the people, as distinguished from the titled classes or nobility; the commonalty; the common people

  2. Commons

    the House of Commons, or lower house of the British Parliament, consisting of representatives elected by the qualified voters of counties, boroughs, and universities

  3. Commons

    provisions; food; fare, -- as that provided at a common table in colleges and universities

  4. Commons

    a club or association for boarding at a common table, as in a college, the members sharing the expenses equally; as, to board in commons

  5. Commons

    a common; public pasture ground

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Commons' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3038

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Commons' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4630

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Commons in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Commons in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Commons in a Sentence

  1. Brandon Lewis:

    As a set of principles, one of the things we need to be able to do ... is the ability to do those international trade deals, to be able to trade globally around the world, and have an independent trade policy, that means we can't stay in the current EU customs union, there are a whole range of meetings today between senior ministers and colleagues around the House of Commons. We will listen to what people have to say.

  2. Oliver Letwin:

    If we do go forward to Monday, and if on Monday one or more propositions get a majority backing in the House of Commons, then we will have to work with the government to get the government to implement them. There is nobody else other than the government to implement them.

  3. Dominic Grieve:

    The suggestion that we could or should be taken out of the EU without the consent of the House of Commons is fundamentally wrong, and frankly unconstitutional.

  4. William Blake:

    I am really sorry to see my countrymen trouble themselves about politics. If men were wise, the most arbitrary princes could not hurt them. If they are not wise, the freest government is compelled to be a tyranny. Princes appear to me to be fools. Houses of Commons and Houses of Lords appear to me to be fools; they seem to me to be something else besides human life.

  5. Kyle Raines:

    While most interactions between Iranian forces and the U.S. Navy are professional, safe, and routine, this event was not and runs contrary to efforts to ensure freedom of navigation and maritime safety in the global commons.

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