noun[treated as plural] (the commonalty) chiefly • historical
- 1People without special rank or position, usually viewed as an estate of the realm: a petition by the earls, barons, and commonalty of the realmMore example sentences
- He then addresses the commonalty in a speech, desiring them to proceed to a new election.
- In the same year the bishop and the commonalty of the port of Hythe founded a hospital.
- The growing prestige of Parliament as an institution gave the aristocracy a powerful base from which to challenge the monarchy and defend itself against the commonalty.
- 1.1The general body of a group: the expression seems to be spreading from teenagers to the broad commonaltyMore example sentences
- It is clear, however, that while Shakespeare suggests linguistic community or commonalty in this scene and a leveling of differences, the power relationship remains vertical and hierarchical, with England and English on top.
- The Ordinances made provisions to ensure good workmanship, arranged conditions of work and required payments to be made to the Commonalty of London and to the alms box of the guild by all those entering the craft.
Middle English: from Old French comunalte, from medieval Latin communalitas, from Latin communis 'common, general' (see common).
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