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common US English

Occurring, found, or done often; prevalent

common US Thesaurus

the common folk

bobwhite US English

A New World quail with mottled reddish-brown plumage, and typically a pale throat and eyestripe

catalpa US English

A tree with large heart-shaped leaves, clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers, and long, slender beanlike seedpods, native to North America and eastern Asia and cultivated as an ornamental

cowbird US English

A New World songbird with dark plumage and a relatively short bill, typically laying its eggs in other birds' nests

crossbill US English

A thickset finch with a crossed bill adapted for extracting seeds from the cones of conifers. The plumage is typically red in the male and olive green in the female

mulberry US English

A small deciduous tree with broad leaves, native to East Asia and long cultivated elsewhere

murre US English

A white-breasted North American auk (seabird)

in common US English

In joint use or possession; shared

common cold US English

Another term for cold2noun2noun2noun.

Common Era US English

Another term for Christian era.

common gull US English

A migratory gull with greenish-grey legs, found locally in northern and eastern Eurasia and NW North America

common jury US English

A jury for which no qualification of property or social standing was required

common law US English

The part of English law that is derived from custom and judicial precedent rather than statutes. Often contrasted with statutory law

common noun US English

A noun denoting a class of objects or a concept as opposed to a particular individual

common rat US English

Another term for brown rat.

common room US English

A room in a school, college, or other institution for use of students or staff outside teaching hours

common seal1 US English

A seal with a mottled grey-brown coat and a concave profile, found along North Atlantic and North Pacific coasts

common seal2 US English

An official seal of a corporate body

common time US English

A rhythmic pattern in which there are four beats, especially four quarter notes, in a measure. This pattern occurs often in classical music and is the norm in rock, jazz, country, and bluegrass

common in vetch US English

A widely distributed scrambling herbaceous plant of the pea family that is cultivated as a silage or fodder crop

Common Era New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

another term for Christian era

common law New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive)

common ground US English

Opinions or interests shared by each of two or more parties

common chord US English

A triad containing a root, a major or minor third, and a perfect fifth

common gender US English

The gender of those nouns in English that are not limited to either sex, such as cousin or spouse

common market US English

A group of countries imposing few or no duties on trade with one another and a common tariff on trade with other countries

common meter US English

A metrical pattern for hymns in which the stanzas have four lines containing eight and six syllables alternately rhyming abcb or abab

Common Pleas US English

(In some jurisdictions) a court for hearing civil cases between citizens

Common Prayer US English

The liturgy of the Anglican Communion, originally set forth in the Book of Common Prayer of Edward VI (1549)

common sense US English

Good sense and sound judgment in practical matters

common stock US English

Shares entitling their holder to dividends that vary in amount and may even be missed, depending on the fortunes of the company

common sense US Thesaurus

I had the common sense to phone an ambulance instead of yelling at him to get up

Common Pleas New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

court for hearing civil cases

common sense New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive)

common property US English

A thing or things held jointly

common carrier US English

A person or company that transports goods or passengers on regular routes at set rates

common council US English

A town or city council in some parts of the US and Canada, and in London

common divisor US English

A number that can be divided into all of the other numbers of a given set without any remainder. Also called common factor

Common Entrance US English

An examination taken, usually at 13, by pupils wishing to enter public schools

common fraction US English

A fraction expressed by a numerator and a denominator, not decimally


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