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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːmən; ˈkɒmən/

Translation of common in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (widespread, prevalent) [mistake/occurrence/name] común, corriente the common cold el resfriado común (to be) in common use (ser*) de uso corriente it is very common for teenagers to feel misunderstood es muy común que los adolescentes se sientan incomprendidos
    Example sentences
    • We have taken advice from the contractors who advise there is no need to put signs up and this is common practice for public places.
    • Wooden houses are common along the Caspian coast.
    • Recurrent symptoms were particularly common in younger patients.
    Example sentences
    • The sighting of the black neck crane and several other rare and common birds in the area kept my spirit and interest buoyant.
    • Given that my horticultural expertise is limited to identifying about a dozen of the more common flowers, it's a curious choice.
    • Grouse, ravens and buzzards may be seen, and red deer are common.
    Example sentences
    • We here in the East are limited to the common crow, blue jay and, in the western part of our state, to the raven.
    • On a warm summer day, a number of butterfly species can be seen on the reserve including common blue, green veined white and meadow brown.
    • The common wolf spider has no web, but the female is a gentle parent who encases her eggs in a silken bundle which she carries wherever she goes.
    Example sentences
    • In fats the alcohol is glycerol, more familiar under its common name of glycerine.
    • Chances are that you found the sentence confusing, even though all the words are common and familiar.
    • I am not for the word becoming part of the common, everyday vernacular, but it still is.
    1.2 (average, normal) [soldier] raso the common man el hombre medio or de la calle the common people la gente común y corriente I was treated like a common criminal me trataron como a un vulgar delincuente to have the common touch tener* el don de saber tratar con la gente sencilla it's common decency es una cuestión de elemental (buena) educación
    Example sentences
    • Their members came from the ranks of the common people, and their worship was personal and full of emotion.
    • He is Prime Minister, and therefore has a duty to rise above the ordinary concerns, fears and prejudices of the common man.
    • It is, in a way, the only menace with multiple potentials to perturb the normal life of the common man.
    Example sentences
    • She replied bluntly, not bothering with the common courtesy Elizabeth expected.
    • They depend upon the social concern and common decency of ordinary people.
    • Colin suggested that Mr Kenny consider sending him on a ‘crash course for basic manners and common courtesy.’
    1.3 (low-class, vulgar) [person/behavior/accent] ordinario
    Example sentences
    • It's almost as common and vulgar as chewing gum while you're serving customers.
    • Any more of those f-words and God forbid they might start thinking about letting rough common children into these private tennis clubs.
    • Oh, nothing would surprise them when it came to that common little harlot.
  • 2 2.1 (shared, mutual) [characteristic/interests/ownership] común [factor/multiple/divisor] [Mathematics/Matemáticas] común common wall (American English/inglés norteamericano) (pared (feminine)) medianera (feminine) common ground puntos (masculine plural) en común or de coincidencia to be common to sth ser* común a algo this characteristic is common to several species es una característica común a varias especies 2.2 (public) it's common knowledge todo el mundo lo sabe, es vox populi by common consent he's the best todos coinciden en que es el mejor the common good el bien común or de todos common land tierras (feminine plural) comunales
    Example sentences
    • All three are human systems and all three share characteristics common to human systems.
    • This can only be possible if there are entry and exit points recognised by countries sharing common borders.
    • Brazil shares common borders with 10 other countries in South America.
    Example sentences
    • In fact, there will not be a Fibonacci number as a common factor between two neighbouring Fibonacci's for the same reason.
    • Two quantities are considered correlated when they are affected by a common quantity.
    • Two positive integers always have a greatest common divisor, even if they have only one common divisor, 1.


  • 1 uncountable/no numerable (in phrases/en locuciones) in common en común to have sth in common (with sb) tener* algo en común (con algn) in common with (as preposition/como preposición) al igual que
  • 2 countable/numerable (land)[ terreno perteneciente al municipio, antiguamente zona de pastoreo de la comunidad ]

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