Definitions of common

  1. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste; " he had coarse manners but a first- rate mind"; " behavior that branded him as common"; " an untutored and uncouth human being"; " an uncouth soldier-- a real tough guy"; " appealing to the vulgar taste for violence"; " the vulgar display of the newly rich"
  2. of no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual; " the common man"; " a common sailor"; " the common cold"; " a common nuisance"; " followed common procedure"; " it is common knowledge that she lives alone"; " the common housefly"; " a common brand of soap"
  3. belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public; " for the common good"; " common lands are set aside for use by all members of a community"
  4. being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language; " common parlance"; " a vernacular term"; " vernacular speakers"; " the vulgar tongue of the masses"; " the technical and vulgar names for an animal species"
  5. of or associated with the great masses of people; " the common people in those days suffered greatly"; " behavior that branded him as common"; " his square plebeian nose"; " a vulgar and objectionable person"; " the unwashed masses"
  6. to be expected; standard; " common decency"
  7. common to or shared by two or more parties; " a common friend"; " the mutual interests of management and labor"
  8. Belonging or relating equally, or similarly, to more than one; as, you and I have a common interest in the property.
  9. Belonging to or shared by, affecting or serving, all the members of a class, considered together; general; public; as, properties common to all plants; the common schools; the Book of Common Prayer.
  10. Often met with; usual; frequent; customary.
  11. Not distinguished or exceptional; inconspicuous; ordinary; plebeian; -- often in a depreciatory sense.
  12. Profane; polluted.
  13. Given to habits of lewdness; prostitute.
  14. The people; the community.
  15. An inclosed or uninclosed tract of ground for pleasure, for pasturage, etc., the use of which belongs to the public; or to a number of persons.
  16. The right of taking a profit in the land of another, in common either with the owner or with other persons; -- so called from the community of interest which arises between the claimant of the right and the owner of the soil, or between the claimants and other commoners entitled to the same right.
  17. To converse together; to discourse; to confer.
  18. To participate.
  19. To have a joint right with others in common ground.
  20. Belonging equally to more than one; as common to the human race; public; usual; frequent; inferior; of low birth or origin; in grammar, applied to both masculine and feminine gender, or to any individual of a class; as, a common noun.
  21. A tract of open public land.
  22. Commonness.
  23. Belonging equally to more than one: public: general: usual: frequent: easy to be had: of little value: vulgar.
  24. A tract of open land, used in common by the inhabitants of a town, parish, etc.
  25. An open public ground.
  26. Belonging to several; public; general; usual; of small value; vulgar.
  27. Frequent or usual; customary; regular.
  28. Pertaining to two or more persons or things; joint; general.
  29. Common place; coarse; vulgar; low.
  30. Land owned by a town; land open to the lower classes.
  31. Belonging equally to more than one, or to many indefinitely; belonging to all; public; general; frequent; usual; of little value; of low or no rank; vulgar; of verbs, both active and passive; of nouns, both masculine and feminine, also applicable to a whole class.
  32. A tract of open ground, the common property of all the members of a community; conjoint property of all the members of a community; conjoint possession.
  33. To have a joint right in some common ground; to board together. A common divisor or measure, a quantity which divides two or more quantities without leaving a remainder. Common prayer, the liturgical formulary of the Church of England. Common time, those varieties of time in which each measure is divided into two or four equal parts.
  34. Belonging equally to more than one; serving for the use of all; usual or ordinary; without rank; not distinguished by superior excellence; in gram., applied to nouns that are both masc. and fem.
  35. A tract of ground belonging to no one in particular or open to the use of all.

Usage examples for common

  1. There can be nothing in common between me and this man. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  2. " I think it is so common to be with everybody. – Renée Mauperin by Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  3. The old words other men have used in singing to their loves seemed too worn and common for you. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  4. I'm only a common servant in the house where once I was lover and almost brother. – Six Plays by Florence Henrietta Darwin
  5. Why in the name of common sense are you taking that letter along to a dinner party? – The Readjustment by Will Irwin
  6. Oh, where is there any room, in this world of common disgrace, for pride? – Madame Delphine by George W. Cable
  7. That's common sense, ain't it?" – The Desired Woman by Will N. Harben
  8. It was become a common cause with them. – The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Vol. II) by Washington Irving
  9. I cultivate my orchard to potatoes, using a common cultivator, and cease cropping after ten or fifteen years; nothing should be planted in a bearing orchard. – The Apple by Various
  10. Seems he turned out sort of common, they say. – Gunman's Reckoning by Max Brand
  11. Very common in this country. – The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio by A. P. Morgan
  12. There ain't nothin' out of the common in that. – God's Good Man by Marie Corelli
  13. I left him ten minutes ago on the common. – The Devil Doctor by Sax Rohmer
  14. And, believe me, it is easy enough and common enough to fall into the same mistake. – Sermons on National Subjects by Charles Kingsley
  15. Yet it is a common saying here, " What chake they gentry've got!" – A Poor Man's House by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  16. " People are common enough, anyhow," said Tembarom. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  17. What has common sense to do with it! – A People's Man by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  18. Common or not, I put my case to him over again. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  19. The land is common to all. – Resurrection by Maude, Louise Shanks