[ US /ˈkɑmən/ ]
[ UK /kˈɒmən/ ]
  1. belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public
    for the common good
    common lands are set aside for use by all members of a community
  2. to be expected; standard
    common decency
  3. being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language
    common parlance
    the technical and vulgar names for an animal species
    the vulgar tongue of the masses
    vernacular speakers
    a vernacular term
  4. common to or shared by two or more parties
    the mutual interests of management and labor
    a common friend
  5. having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual
    it is common knowledge that she lives alone
    followed common procedure
    the common man
    the common cold
    a common brand of soap
    the common housefly
    a common sailor
    a common nuisance
  6. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
    he had coarse manners but a first-rate mind
    an untutored and uncouth human being
    appealing to the vulgar taste for violence
    an uncouth soldier--a real tough guy
    behavior that branded him as common
    behavior that branded him as common
    the vulgar display of the newly rich
  7. of low or inferior quality or value
    produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population
    of what coarse metal ye are molded
  8. commonly encountered
    a common (or familiar) complaint
    the usual greeting
  9. of or associated with the great masses of people
    the unwashed masses
    a vulgar and objectionable person
    a vulgar and objectionable person
    his square plebeian nose
    behavior that branded him as common
    behavior that branded him as common
    the common people in those days suffered greatly
  1. a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area
    they went for a walk in the park
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How To Use common In A Sentence

  • Druses were common throughout the mesophyll tissues, and peltate, glandular trichomes were present on both epidermises.
  • Rows of brick garden apartments all backed onto a massive common garden: a shared backyard for children to play, dogs to gambol, and families to eat picnics together. Day of Honey
  • A bit of background about me - I do hardware, firmware, and driver development by profession, so I think I'm qualified to provide a guess as to what and where it went wrong: for any computer, there's the initial "bootloader," which is what we commonly refer to as Discussions: Message List - root
  • Like, Darren, I have a fairly uncommon name - however, there are a couple of others out there.
  • In any event, when making a case against the indivisibility of Sinitic, it is not necessary to rebut each of these "common" features individually, since they are largely or wholly extralinguistic. Language Log
  • I can find no legitimate references to the use of metallic, inorganic, or organic silver compounds as a sanitizer, disinfectant, or sterilizing agent. quaternary ammonium chloride compounds - Mixtures of compounds such as alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, dioctyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, and octyl decyl dimethyl ammonium chloride are very commonly used as surface sanitizer; if you look at your household cleaners that claim disinfecting properties, there's a high percentage chance that you'll find a "quat". Question ;Microdyne
  • It's a common mistake.
  • You'd think he'd have the common decency to apologize for what he said.
  • The money is commonly laundered via cash deposits to friends or family members' bank accounts and is quickly withdrawn to be paid to the gang leaders. Times, Sunday Times
  • At this level the bifurcation of the abdominal aorta into common iliac arteries has almost been completed.
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