Meaning of COMMON in English

■ adjective ( ~er , ~est )

1》 occurring, found, or done often; not rare.

↘without special rank or position; ordinary.

↘(of a quality) of a sort to be generally expected: ~ decency.

↘of the most familiar type.

2》 shared by two or more people or things.

↘belonging to or affecting the whole of a community: ~ land.

↘ Mathematics belonging to two or more quantities.

3》 showing a lack of taste and refinement supposedly typical of the lower classes; vulgar.

4》 Grammar of or denoting a noun that refers to individuals of either sex (e.g. teacher ) or belongs to a gender conventionally regarded as masculine or feminine.

5》 Prosody (of a syllable) able to be either short or long.

6》 Law (of a crime) of lesser severity.

■ noun

1》 a piece of open land for public use.

2》 a form of Christian service used for each of a group of occasions.

3》 (also right of ~ ) English Law a person's right over another's land, e.g. for pasturage.


~ ground views shared by each of two or more parties.

~ or garden Brit. informal of the usual or ordinary type.

the ~ touch the ability to get on with ordinary people.

in ~ in joint use or possession; shared.

in ~ with in the same way as.


~ness noun


ME: from OFr. comun , from L. communis .

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