a common person, as distinguished from one with rank, status, etc.
any person ranking below a peer; a person without a title of nobility.
a member of the House of Commons.
(at Oxford and some other universities) a student who pays the cost to dine at the commons and other expenses and is not supported by any scholarship or foundation.
a person who has a joint right in common land.
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How to use commoner in a sentence
In any case, the ball game transcended into a true spectator sport that attracted kings, nobles, and throngs of commoners among audiences, while pitting city-states against each other that usually took a political turn.History of the Aztec Warriors: The Grim Fighters of Mexico | Dattatreya Mandal | June 20, 2022 | Realm of History
For example, each winter, Canada’s Northwest Coast Kwakiutl hunter-gatherers built wooden structures where nobles ruled over designated commoners and enslaved people, and held banquets called potlatch.‘The Dawn of Everything’ rewrites 40,000 years of human history | Bruce Bower | November 9, 2021 | Science News
Women cannot inherit the throne themselves, and a female royal who marries a commoner loses her title and noble status, as in the case of Mako.Mako Komuro Isn't the First Female Scion of Japan's Royal Family to Have Suffered From Mental Stress | Chad de Guzman | November 3, 2021 | Time
The elites weren’t taller because of their genes—the commoners were just shorter out of deprivation.The Hidden Link Between “Genetic Nurture” and Educational Achievement - Facts So Romantic | Razib Khan | September 24, 2021 | Nautilus
Sowada’s team would like to see how other commoners from ancient Egypt were mummified.
George is the first offspring of a “commoner” in 350 years to become heir to the throne.Happy Birthday, Prince George! Will the Wee Royal Be the First King of the 22nd Century? | Emma Woolf | July 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The new Queen of Spain, 41-year old Letizia Ortiz, was not just born a commoner, but she was also divorced.King Felipe and Queen Letizia Kiss As They Formally Take Power In Spain | Tom Sykes | June 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Prince William was hailed as a mould-breaker for marrying a commoner—Kate Middleton—a woman with no noble blood.Meet the New Queen of Spain - 41-Year Old Divorcee And Commoner Letizia Ortiz | Tom Sykes | June 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For the new Queen of Spain, 41-year old Letizia Ortiz, was not just born a commoner, but she was also divorced.Meet the New Queen of Spain - 41-Year Old Divorcee And Commoner Letizia Ortiz | Tom Sykes | June 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The king feared that had Prince Bertil married a commoner, the royal dynasty's survival would be jeopardised.
According to this account the scales of the lyre (the simpler and commoner instrument) were of two kinds.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music | David Binning Monro
This was avowed by the great commoner, Pitt himself, the special friend of America.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2 | Egerton Ryerson
Neither do large deeds and very clear thinking—which, stout hearts being commoner than unmuddled brains, is lucky for us.Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
A simple scene, in all truth; none commoner in the world; it really did not matter who saw.V. V.'s Eyes | Henry Sydnor Harrison
If he is a commoner, he eats with his knife; if a gentleman, with his fork.As A Chinaman Saw Us | Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for commoner
a person who does not belong to the nobility
a person who has a right in or over common land jointly with another or others
British a student at a university or other institution who is not on a scholarship
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