[ kom-uh-ner ]
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  1. a common person, as distinguished from one with rank, status, etc.

  2. British.

    • 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.

  1. a person who has a joint right in common land.

Origin of commoner

First recorded in 1350–1400; common + -er1

Words Nearby commoner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use commoner in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for commoner


/ (ˈkɒmənə) /

  1. a person who does not belong to the nobility

  2. a person who has a right in or over common land jointly with another or others

  1. British a student at a university or other institution who is not on a scholarship

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