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commonalty

[kom-uh-nl-tee]
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noun, plural com·mon·al·ties.
  1. Also commonality. the ordinary people, as distinguished from those with authority, rank, station, etc.; the common people.
  2. an incorporated body or its members.

Origin of commonalty

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French comunalte, equivalent to comunal- communal + -te -ty2; replacing Middle English communaute < Old French
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Examples from the Web for commonalty

Historical Examples

  • The sires had been persons whom it had been possible for the commonalty to respect.

    The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1

    John Charles Dent

  • These two extremes document a commonalty of human self-constitution.

  • He was the sense of the commonalty carried to its highest degree.

    Harold, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The king granted to the commonalty of London to have a common seal.

  • Politicians, as has been said, live in the repute of the commonalty.

    Expository Writing

    Mervin James Curl


British Dictionary definitions for commonalty

commonalty

noun plural -ties
  1. the ordinary people as distinct from those with authority, rank, or title, esp when considered as a political and social unit or estate of the realmCompare third estate
  2. the members of an incorporated society

Word Origin

C13: from Old French comunalte, from comunal communal
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