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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for commonalty

commonality, plebeian, populace, commoner, pleb, public, common

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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 for commonalty

C13: from Old French comunalte, from comunal communal
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