- 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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The words which frequently occurred he arranged in order, the commonest first, and compiled exercises to suit them.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
These stems, with the refuse of other tobacco, are sometime used as filling for the commonest kind of cigars.
As to Moussorgskys music, it may go to the devil for all I care: it is the commonest, lowest parody of music.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
The commonest method is the complete destruction of the corpse—the corpus delicti.
It will be of value, however, to call attention to a few of the commonest errors in syllogisms.English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
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
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In addition to the idioms beginning with common
- common cause
- common ground
- common touch, the
- in common