common

[ kom-uhn ]
/ ˈkɒm ən /
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adjective, com·mon·er, com·mon·est.

noun

Idioms

    in common, in joint possession or use; shared equally: They have a love of adventure in common.

Origin of common

1250–1300; Middle English comun < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin commūnis common, presumably orig. “sharing common duties,” akin to mūnia duties of an office, mūnus task, duty, gift < a base *moin-, cognate with mean2; cf. com-, immune
Related forms
Can be confusedcommon mutual reciprocal (see usage note at mutual)

Synonym study

4. See general. 7–9. Common, vulgar, ordinary refer, often with derogatory connotations of cheapness or inferiority, to what is usual or most often experienced. Common applies to what is accustomed, usually experienced, or inferior, to the opposite of what is exclusive or aristocratic: The park is used by the common people. Vulgar properly means belonging to the people, or characteristic of common people; it connotes low taste, coarseness, or ill breeding: the vulgar view of things; vulgar in manners and speech. Ordinary refers to what is to be expected in the usual order of things; it means average or below average: That is a high price for something of such ordinary quality.
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British Dictionary definitions for common

common

/ (ˈkɒmən) /

adjective

noun

See also commons
Derived Formscommonness, noun

Word Origin for common

C13: from Old French commun, from Latin commūnis general, universal
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Idioms and Phrases with common

common


In addition to the idioms beginning with common

  • common cause
  • common ground
  • common touch, the

also see:

  • in common
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