a noun that may be preceded by an article or other limiting modifier and that denotes any or all of a class of entities and not an individual, as man, city, horse, music.
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- Also called common name .
- Compare proper noun.
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How to use common noun in a sentence
The proper noun when spoken can be confused for the common noun.
The common noun was made a proper name, and a legend by degrees attached to it.
Thus "John Smith" (particular; proper noun) and "Man" (general; common noun).Thought-Culture | William Walker Atkinson
A common noun is the name given to an object to denote the class to which it belongs; as, book, man.Business English | Rose Buhlig
A common noun is a name possessed by any one of a class of persons, animals, or things.An English Grammar | W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
The, when placed before the pluralized abstract noun, marks it as half abstract or a common noun.An English Grammar | W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
British Dictionary definitions for common noun
grammar a noun that refers to each member of a whole class sharing the features connoted by the noun, as for example planet, orange, and drum: Compare proper noun
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