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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Just as most happy eras are alike in similar ways, periods of darkness have more in common than they’re usually given credit for, and London in the early ’80s seems a not-so-distant reality from one we’re very familiar with.Almost anarchy: The Style Council and the smooth sounds of sophisti-pop|Mina Tavakoli|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Now, 84 years later, sprouts are as common as broccoli and kale, and the only still-novel thing about them may be how they grow.A guide to Brussels sprouts: How to choose, store, season and cook the versatile vegetable|Daniela Galarza|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
This method is common for other types of at-home diagnostics, such as pregnancy tests.The FDA just okayed a rapid at-home COVID test—but it won’t work for everyone|Tara Santora|November 20, 2020|Popular Science
These include software that can translate between 100 languages without using a common intermediary.Facebook’s A.I. is getting better at finding malicious content—but it won’t solve the company’s problems|Jeremy Kahn|November 19, 2020|Fortune
The most common type of ant that people find in their homes on the East Coast and in the Midwest is called the odorous house ant, and when squished, it releases a pheromone that smells like blue cheese.Why can some people smell ants? Here’s the answer to TikTok’s latest mystery.|Rachael Zisk|November 18, 2020|Popular Science
This commonness of experience and of present effort had made him seem very near to her—very attainable.To Him That Hath|Leroy Scott
For to Dolly, Horace Chase's commonness—or what seemed to her commonness—had always been the insupportable thing.Horace Chase|Constance Fenimore Woolson
In it one rises to the stillness of production, wherein one bathes in mystery and potency and all commonness is cleansed away.The Hive|Will Levington Comfort
His commonness rose into the uncommon, the extraordinary, but without any hint of the exclusive or specially favored.Whitman|John Burroughs
In her acceptance would lie the Queen's touch, redeeming him from all commonness.The Lovely Lady|Mary Austin
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