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Meaning & Definition of Common in English

English

Common

/kɑmən/

noun

1. A piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area

  • "They went for a walk in the park"
    synonym:
  • park
  • ,
  • commons
  • ,
  • common
  • ,
  • green

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • common

2. Having 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"
    synonym:
  • common

3. Common to or shared by two or more parties

  • "A common friend"
  • "The mutual interests of management and labor"
    synonym:
  • common
  • ,
  • mutual

4. Commonly encountered

  • "A common (or familiar) complaint"
  • "The usual greeting"
    synonym:
  • common
  • ,
  • usual

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • common
  • ,
  • vernacular
  • ,
  • vulgar

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • common
  • ,
  • plebeian
  • ,
  • vulgar
  • ,
  • unwashed

7. Of low or inferior quality or value

  • "Of what coarse metal ye are molded"- shakespeare
  • "Produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population"
    synonym:
  • coarse
  • ,
  • common

8. 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"
    synonym:
  • coarse
  • ,
  • common
  • ,
  • rough-cut
  • ,
  • uncouth
  • ,
  • vulgar

9. To be expected

  • Standard
  • "Common decency"
    synonym:
  • common

Examples of using

The most common bell peppers are green, red or yellow.
It's a common mistake.
This problem is very common but doesn't have an easy answer.