- 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.
Definition for commoner (2 of 2)
adjective, com·mon·er, com·mon·est.
- not belonging to an inflectional paradigm; fulfilling different functions that in some languages require different inflected forms: English nouns are in the common case whether used as subject or object.
- constituting one of two genders of a language, especially a gender comprising nouns that were formerly masculine or feminine: Swedish nouns are either common or neuter.
- noting a word that may refer to either a male or a female: French élève has common gender. English lacks a common gender pronoun in the third person singular.
- (of a noun) belonging to the common gender.
- the commonalty; the nonruling class.
- the body of people not of noble birth or not ennobled, as represented in England by the House of Commons.
- (initial capital letter) the representatives of this body.
- (initial capital letter) the House of Commons.
- (used with a singular verb) a large dining room, especially at a university or college.
- (usually used with a plural verb)British. food provided in such a dining room.
- (usually used with a plural verb) food or provisions for any group.
- an office or form of service used on a festival of a particular kind.
- the ordinary of the Mass, especially those parts sung by the choir.
- the part of the missal and breviary containing Masses and offices of those saints assigned to them.
- the community or public.
- the common people.
Origin of common
SYNONYMS FOR common
Examples from the Web for commoner
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
British Dictionary definitions for commoner (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for commoner (2 of 2)
- having a specified relationship with a group of numbers or quantitiescommon denominator
- (of a tangent) tangential to two or more circles
- having branchesthe common carotid artery
- serving more than one functionthe common bile duct
- a form of the proper of the Mass used on festivals that have no special proper of their own
- the ordinary of the Mass
Derived Formscommonness, noun
Word Origin for common
Idioms and Phrases with commoner
In addition to the idioms beginning with common
- common cause
- common ground
- common touch, the
- in common