often; frequently: commonly used words.
usually; generally; ordinarily.
in a common manner.

Origin of commonly

1250–1300; Middle English communeli(che). See common, -ly

Synonyms for commonly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for commonly

regularly, frequently, generally, ordinarily

Examples from the Web for commonly

Contemporary Examples of commonly

Historical Examples of commonly

  • We commonly make it the last, if we ever make it at all; but it is the first and the ruling one.

  • The minute you touch on religion, as commonly understood, you reach the sectarian.

  • Apples in some form or other are commonly served with goose.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • Katy stood in what is commonly designated as a "brown study."

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Prisoners, too, are commonly allowed to help themselves in a variety of ways.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for commonly



usually; ordinarilyhe was commonly known as Joe
derogatory in a coarse or vulgar wayshe dresses commonly
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Word Origin and History for commonly

c.1300, "in a way common to all," also "common to all;" also "usually," from common (adj.) + -ly (2).

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