- (formerly) a member of a class of commoners enjoying special privileges at Oxford University.
Origin of gentleman-commoner
First recorded in 1680–90
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Examples from the Web for gentleman-commoner
At the age of fifteen he was entered as a gentleman-commoner at Christchurch, Oxford.
The gentleman-commoner “voted the affair d——d slow,” and declined the party altogether in favor of the gamekeeper and a cigar.Humorous Ghost Stories
In 1804 he proceeded to Oxford, where he entered in Magdalen College as a gentleman-commoner.