George is the first offspring of a “commoner” in 350 years to become heir to the throne.
Prince William was hailed as a mould-breaker for marrying a commoner—Kate Middleton—a woman with no noble blood.
The new Queen of Spain, 41-year old Letizia Ortiz, was not just born a commoner, but she was also divorced.
It was inevitable that Lifetime would try to cash in on the storybook courtship of Prince William and commoner Kate Middleton.
For the new Queen of Spain, 41-year old Letizia Ortiz, was not just born a commoner, but she was also divorced.
His love so glorified her that by contrast he was commoner than commonest clay.
There is no commoner or weightier burden in the prophets than this.
But the two-course system can be traced as far, and seems to have been as common, if not commoner, in the thirteenth century.
The old commoner scowled, and his beetling brows hid for a moment his eyes.
The commoner forms are well known, for the beach is often strewn with the carcasses of the larger species.
c.1300, "belonging to all, general," from Old French comun "common, general, free, open, public" (9c., Modern French commun), from Latin communis "in common, public, shared by all or many; general, not specific; familiar, not pretentious," from PIE *ko-moin-i- "held in common," compound adjective formed from *ko- "together" + *moi-n-, suffixed form of root *mei- "change, exchange" (see mutable), hence literally "shared by all."
Second element of the compound also is the source of Latin munia "duties, public duties, functions," those related to munia "office." Perhaps reinforced in Old French by the Germanic form of PIE *ko-moin-i- (cf. Old English gemæne "common, public, general, universal;" see mean (adj.)), which came to French via Frankish.
Used disparagingly of women and criminals since c.1300. Common pleas is 13c., from Anglo-French communs plets, hearing civil actions by one subject against another as opposed to pleas of the crown. Common prayer is contrasted with private prayer. Common stock is attested from 1888.
late 15c., "land held in common," from common (adj.). Commons "the third estate of the English people as represented in Parliament," is from late 14c. Latin communis also served as a noun meaning "common property, state, commonwealth."