- Belonging or relating equally, or similarly, to more than one; as, you and I have a common interest in the property."Though life and sense be common to men and brutes." [Sir M. Hale.]
- Belonging to or shared by, affecting or serving, all the members of a class, considered together; general; public; as, properties common to all plants; the common schools; the Book of Common Prayer."Such actions as the common good requireth." [Hooker.]"The common enemy of man." [Shak.]
- Often met with; usual; frequent; customary."Grief more than common grief." [Shak.]
- Not distinguished or exceptional; inconspicuous; ordinary; plebeian; -- often in a depreciatory sense."The honest, heart-felt enjoyment of common life." [W. Irving.]"This fact was infamous And ill beseeming any common man, Much more a knight, a captain and a leader." [Shak.]"Above the vulgar flight of common souls." [A. Murphy.]
- Profane; polluted.(Obs)"What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common." [Acts x. 15.]
- Given to habits of lewdness; prostitute."A dame who herself was common." [L'Estrange.]synonyms: General; public; popular; national; universal; frequent; ordinary; customary; usual; familiar; habitual; vulgar; mean; trite; stale; threadbare; commonplace. See Mutual Ordinary General.
Etymology: OE. commun comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com- + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low, common. Cf. Immunity Commune (n.) & (v.)