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.
- Commons, the representatives of this body.
- Commons, 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.
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Example sentences from the Web for common
The chirograph was the precursor of the modern indenture, the commonest form of English deeds, though no longer a tally.
He knew how frequently the weightiest discoveries lie concealed beneath a veil of the commonest circumstances.A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest|Amelia B. Edwards
In the commonest human face there lies more than Raphael will take-away with him.
But this garden was a poor makeshift; the plants were of the commonest kinds, and were choked with weeds.Old Mission Stories of California|Charles Franklin Carter
They 've all the incentives to gout in this country, and yet they don't appear to have the commonest remedies against it.The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. I.(of II)|Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for common
- 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 forms of commoncommonness, noun
Word Origin for common
Idioms and Phrases with common
In addition to the idioms beginning with common
- common cause
- common ground
- common touch, the
- in common