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British English: /ˈkɒmən/
American English: /ˈkɑmən/

Translation of common in French:


also: commons plural noun


  • 1 (often encountered)
    (crime, illness, mistake, name, problem, reaction)
    courant, fréquent
    in common use
    d'un usage courant
    in common parlance
    dans le langage courant
    it is common for somebody to do
    il est courant que quelqu'un fasse
    to be common among
    être répandu chez (children, mammals etc)
  • 2 (shared)
    (aim, approach, attributes, border, enemy, language, interest, ownership)
    commun (to à)
    for the common good by common agreement it is common property
    c'est la propriété de tous
    it is common knowledge
    c'est de notoriété publique
  • 3 (ordinary)
    (man, woman)
    du peuple (after n)
    the common people a common soldier the common herd [pejorative] a common criminal [pejorative]
    un criminel ordinaire
  • 4 [pejorative] (low-class) it looks/sounds common
    ça fait commun
  • 5 (minimum expected)
    (courtesy, decency, humanity)
    le/la plus élémentaire
  • 6 (Zoology, Botany)
    (frog, daisy, algae)
    a common variety
    une variété commune
  • 7 (Mathematics)
    (denominator, factor, multiple)

also: in common adverb phrase

  • en commun
    to have something in common
    avoir quelque chose en commun
    to hold something in common (Law)
    posséder quelque chose en commun


to be as common as muck ou dirt

[informal] (vulgar)
être d'une vulgarité crasse [informal]

they are as common as muck

[informal] (widespread)
on en ramasse à la pelle

to be on short commons

(British English)
être rationné, faire maigre [humorous]

to have the common touch

avoir de la simplicité

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