- 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 for his or her commons and other expenses and is not supported by any scholarship or foundation.
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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|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|DAILY BEAST
Prince William was hailed as a mould-breaker for marrying a commoner—Kate Middleton—a woman with no noble blood.
For the new Queen of Spain, 41-year old Letizia Ortiz, was not just born a commoner, but she was also divorced.
The king feared that had Prince Bertil married a commoner, the royal dynasty's survival would be jeopardised.
The next difference is, that, by comparison with the Commoner, he wears a much more costly dress.The Collected Writing of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II|Thomas De Quincey
Commoner and more important is the case where the conflicting doctrines share the truth between them.A History of Freedom of Thought|John Bagnell Bury
How could he himself pay court to her when she frivolously, if only for the moment, preferred this commoner's company?Half A Chance|Frederic S. Isham
For a commoner to be seen in public in the company of a servitor was a great disparagement.Rowlandson's Oxford|A. Hamilton Gibbs
No other person, king or commoner, ever entered seven four-horse chariots for the race at Olympia except Alkibiades.Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)|Plutarch