Definition of commonality in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /kɒməˈnalɪti/

noun (plural commonalities)

1 [mass noun] The state of sharing features or attributes: the explanations show a high degree of commonality in their reasoning [in singular]: a commonality of interest ensures cooperation
More example sentences
  • The photographs are both stunning and confounding in their simplicity and in the commonalities that they share.
  • To be sure, the territories share important commonalities of climate, geography, demography, economy and identity.
  • They nourished their differences more than their commonalities.
1.1 [count noun] A shared feature or attribute: we discern the commonalities between these writers
More example sentences
  • Blank, empty, plain were just a few commonalities we shared.
  • They also need to learn about the differences and, more importantly, the commonalities they share with others.
  • These findings show that frequently selected resources in libraries share some commonalities.
2 (the commonality) another term for commonalty. noble intent lifts you as hero above the commonality
More example sentences
  • He does not often pay for his own petrol; he does not understand what the commonality might actually want from a visitor attraction.
  • The commonality are allowed virtually no contact with serious literature.
  • He makes it no secret that he disapproves of the commonality speaking out.


Late Middle English (in sense 2): variant of commonalty. sense 1 dates from the mid 16th century, but was rarely used before the 1950s.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: com¦mon|al¦ity

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.