Definition of "commonwealth" []

  • The people of a nation or state; the body politic. (noun)
  • A nation or state governed by the people; a republic. (noun)
  • Used to refer to some U.S. states, namely, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. (noun)
  • Used to refer to a self-governing, autonomous political unit voluntarily associated with the United States, namely, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands. (noun)
  • The Commonwealth of Nations. (noun)
  • The people of a state or nation viewed politically; body politic (noun)

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.

  • A state or nation in which the people possess sovereignty; republic (noun)
  • The body politic organized for the general good (noun)
  • A group of persons united by some common interest (noun)
  • The general good; public welfare (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "commonwealth" in a sentence
  • "They're at home with what I call a commonwealth of being."
  • "They occupied what he called the commonwealth cemetery, and lying next to them, with their headstones facing Mecca, were Muslim dead from Libya, Algeria, Sudan and India."
  • "The commonwealth is now the fifth largest wine-producing state in the country and the seventh-largest commercial grape producer."