[ kom-uh-nal-i-tee ]
/ ˌkɒm əˈnæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural com·mon·al·i·ties.

a sharing of features or characteristics in common; possession or manifestation of common attributes.
a feature or characteristic held in common: Historians perceive commonalities of behavior in many eras.

Nearby words

  1. common-law,
  2. common-law marriage,
  3. common-sense realism,
  4. commonable,
  5. commonage,
  6. commonalty,
  7. commoner,
  8. commonhold,
  9. commonly,
  10. commonplace

Origin of commonality

1350–1400; Middle English; partial Latinization of commonalty, on basis of presumed Latin *commūnālitās (see -ity) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for commonality


/ (ˌkɒməˈnælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the fact of being common to more than one individual; commonness
another word for commonalty (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for commonality



late 14c., "a community," from common (adj.), as if from Latin *communalitas. A respelling of commonalty (late 13c.). Meaning "the common people" is attested from 1580s; that of "state or quality of being shared" is from 1954.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper