Definition of "common" []

  • Belonging equally to or shared equally by two or more; joint: common interests. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the community as a whole; public: for the common good. See Usage Note at mutual. (adjective)
  • Widespread; prevalent. (adjective)
  • Occurring frequently or habitually; usual. (adjective)
  • Most widely known; ordinary: the common housefly. (adjective)
  • Belonging to or shared by two or more people (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Belonging to or shared by members of one or more nations or communities; public (adjective)
  • Of ordinary standard; average (adjective)
  • Prevailing; widespread (adjective)
  • Widely known or frequently encountered; ordinary (adjective)
  • Widely known and notorious (adjective)
  • Considered by the speaker to be low-class, vulgar, or coarse (adjective)
  • Having no special distinction, rank, or status (adjective)
  • Having a specified relationship with a group of numbers or quantities (adjective)
  • (of a tangent) tangential to two or more circles (adjective)
  • (of a syllable) able to be long or short, or (in nonquantitative verse) stressed or unstressed (adjective)
  • (in certain languages) denoting or belonging to a gender of nouns, esp one that includes both masculine and feminine referents (adjective)
  • Having branches (adjective)
  • Serving more than one function (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the common of the Mass or divine office (adjective)
  • A tract of open public land, esp one now used as a recreation area (noun)
  • The right to go onto someone else's property and remove natural products, as by pasturing cattle or fishing (esp in the phrase right of common) (noun)
  • A form of the proper of the Mass used on festivals that have no special proper of their own (noun)
  • The ordinary of the Mass (noun)
  • The ordinary people; the public, esp those undistinguished by rank or title (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "common" in a sentence
  • "In speaking of the incommensurability of values, Berlin seems to have meant that there is no common measure, no ˜common currency™ for comparison, in judging between any two values in the abstract."
  • "Moore was not a systematic philosopher: unlike Reid's philosophy of common sense, Moore's ˜common sense™ is not a system."
  • "Other common names: _Yellow locust_; _common locust_; _locust_."