noun[mass noun] chiefly British
1The right of pasturing animals on common land.
- Several of his neighbours with rights to commonage beside Michael's land also had turbines erected.
- In February 2001 the Minister for Finance made a declaration to 40 local farmers which acknowledged and established their commonage and grazing rights on the lands.
- In 2001 40 farmers established their commonage and grazing rights on the 426 acres of land.
1.1Land held in common.
- However, arable land, dwellings and residences were lost, access to commonage denied and development promised by the betterment never materialised.
- It has around 10 acres of land and a half share of 34 acres of commonage.
- This came to a head last week when local farmers were in confrontation with local police concerning a group of horses, which had been grazing on the mountain commonage.
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