What does Commons mean?

Definitions for Commons

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Commons.

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 .


  1. commons

    Commons refers to cultural and natural resources that are accessible to all members of a society, such as air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, i.e., not owned privately. Commons can also refer to shared public spaces, such as parks, community centers, and public squares.

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

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Commons is ranked #21393 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Commons surname appeared 1,223 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Commons.

    84.3% or 1,032 total occurrences were White.
    10.8% or 133 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 27 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 23 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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. Edmund Burke:

    The distinguishing part of our Constitution is its liberty. To preserve that liberty inviolate seems the particular duty and proper trust of a member of the House of Commons. But the liberty, the only liberty, I mean is a liberty connected with order: that not only exists along with order and virtue, but which cannot exist at all without them. It inheres in good and steady government, as in its substance and vital principle.

  2. Jo Swinson:

    Jeremy Corbyn is not the person who is going to be able to build an even temporary majority in the House of Commons for this task, i would expect there are people in his own party and indeed the necessary Conservative backbenchers who would be unwilling to support him.

  3. James Cleverly:

    I think it is absolutely appropriate that the prime minister and the cabinet made this decision, she will be coming to the House of Commons where she will be questioned by members of parliament, scrutinizing her role as prime minister, and that is the appropriate relationship between government, on the one hand, and parliament, on the other.

  4. Prime Minister David Cameron:

    She has served our nation with such dignity, with such ability for so many years. I know the whole country and the whole House (of Commons) will want to join me in saying 'long may she reign over us'.

  5. 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.

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