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commoner

Syllabification: com·mon·er
Pronunciation: /ˈkämənər
 
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Definition of commoner in English:

noun

1An ordinary person, without rank or title.
Example sentences
  • A truly democratic medium, the radio is accessible to everybody, and as a result the famous and infamous, the royalty and commoners, all tune in and talk to each other.
  • Wildly popular in his day, he was loved by royalty and commoners alike.
  • After all, the marriage of royalty to commoners is not an entirely new concept.
2A person who has the right of common (commonage).
Example sentences
  • The Act of 1965 dealt with these problems by creating local registers of common land and town and village greens which recorded the rights, if any, of the commoners and the names of the owners of the land.
  • It's a 200 year old celebration of commoner's rights to the land, according to this article.
  • In the event of conflicting priorities, the original property rights of owners and commoners should prevail.
3(At some British universities) an undergraduate who does not have a scholarship.
Example sentences
  • In 1596, aged 14, he was enrolled as gentleman commoner at University College, Oxford.
  • If no one wanted to give him an award, the choice went back to University College to take him as a commoner if they wished.
  • He was educated at Charterhouse School in London and was nominated by his schoolmaster for an exhibition to Christ church College, Oxford to which he was admitted as a commoner in 1720.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a citizen or burgess): from medieval Latin communarius, from communa, communia 'community', based on Latin communis (see common).

Words that rhyme with commoner

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