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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Com"mon
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  1. 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.]
  2. 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.]
  3. Often met with; usual; frequent; customary."Grief more than common grief." [Shak.]
  4. 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.]
  5. Profane; polluted.(Obs)"What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common." [Acts x. 15.]
  6. 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.)

noun Com"mon
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  1. The people; the community.(Obs)"The weal o' the common." [Shak.]
  2. An inclosed or uninclosed tract of ground for pleasure, for pasturage, etc., the use of which belongs to the public; or to a number of persons.
  3. [Law] The right of taking a profit in the land of another, in common either with the owner or with other persons; -- so called from the community of interest which arises between the claimant of the right and the owner of the soil, or between the claimants and other commoners entitled to the same right.
verb Com"mon
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  1. To converse together; to discourse; to confer.(Obs)"Embassadors were sent upon both parts, and divers means of entreaty were commoned of." [Grafton.]
  2. To participate.(Obs)
  3. To have a joint right with others in common ground.
  4. To board together; to eat at a table in common.
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  1. A piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area
  2. Having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual ("the common man", "a common sailor", "the common cold", "a common nuisance", "followed common procedure", "it is common knowledge that she lives alone", "the common housefly", and "a common brand of soap")
  3. Belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public ("for the common good" and "common lands are set aside for use by all members of a community")
  4. Commonly encountered ("a common (or familiar) complaint")
  5. Being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language ("common parlance")
  6. Of or associated with the great masses of people ("the common people in those days suffered greatly" and "behavior that branded him as common")
  7. To be expected; standard ("common decency")
  8. Lacking refinement or cultivation or taste ("behavior that branded him as common")
  9. Common to or shared by two or more parties ("a common friend")
  10. Of low or inferior quality or value ("produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population")
Wiktionary

From Middle English comun, from Anglo-Norman comun, from Old French comun (rare in the Gallo-Romance languages, but reinforced as a Carolingian calque of Frankish gemeini, gamaini "common" in Old French), from Latin commūnis (“common, public, general”), from Proto-Indo-European *ko-moin-i (“held in common”). Displaced native Middle English imene, ȝemǣne (“common, general, universal”) (from Old English ġemǣne (“common, universal”)), Middle English mene, mǣne (“mean, common”) (also from Old English ġemǣne (“common, universal”)), Middle English samen, somen (“in common, together”) (from Old English samen (“together”)).

  1. Mutual good, shared by more than one.
  2. A tract of land in common ownership; common land.
  3. The people; the community.
  4. (law) The right of taking a profit in the land of another, in common either with the owner or with other persons; so called from the community of interest which arises between the claimant of the right and the owner of the soil, or between the claimants and other commoners entitled to the same right.

Notable Persons Named Common

Common is a hip hop music musician. He holds the title Go!" excerpt. His most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Common was given the name Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. on March 13th, 1972. Common is also known as Common.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Common

Common is a hip hop music musician. He holds the title Go!" excerpt. His most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Common was given the name Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. on March 13th, 1972. Common is also known as Common.

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Alf Common was a soccer player for the Sunderland A.F.C., Sheffield United F.C., Middlesbrough F.C., Arsenal F.C., Preston North End F.C., and England national football team. Alf was born on May 25th, 1880 in Millfield, England. He breathed his last breath on April 3rd, 1946.

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Andrew Ainslie Common was a scientist in the field of astronomy. Andrew was born on August 7th, 1841 in Newcastle upon Tyne. He left this life on June 2nd, 1903.

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Jack Common was a writer. He was most prominent from 1928 to 1968. Jack was given the name John William Common on August 15th, 1903 in Heaton, Newcastle, England. He passed away on January 20th, 1968.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Common U.S.
  White 63.54% 64.26%
  African American 32.74% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.93% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.34% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Common

  • How Popular is the name Common? Common is the 86,684th most popular name of all time. As a last name Common was the 33,856th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Common have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Common in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Common? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2014 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Common first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Common is Monday, May 14th, 1894.
  • What year had the most people named Common born? The highest recorded use of the first name Common was in 2014 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Common: Your name in reverse order is Nommoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Omnomc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Common? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 672 people with the last name Common.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Common? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Common as their last name since less than 1 person in 435k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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