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Commons \Com"mons\, n. pl.,

  1. The mass of the people, as distinguished from the titled classes or nobility; the commonalty; the common people.

    'T is like the commons, rude unpolished hinds, Could send such message to their sovereign.

    The word commons in its present ordinary signification comprises all the people who are under the rank of peers.

  2. The House of Commons, or lower house of the British Parliament, consisting of representatives elected by the qualified voters of counties, boroughs, and universities.

    It is agreed that the Commons were no part of the great council till some ages after the Conquest.

  3. Provisions; food; fare, -- as that provided at a common table in colleges and universities.

    Their commons, though but coarse, were nothing scant.

  4. A club or association for boarding at a common table, as in a college, the members sharing the expenses equally; as, to board in commons.

  5. A common; public pasture ground.

    To shake his ears, and graze in commons.

    Doctors' Commons, a place near St. Paul's Churchyard in London where the doctors of civil law used to common together, and where were the ecclesiastical and admiralty courts and offices having jurisdiction of marriage licenses, divorces, registration of wills, etc.

    To be on short commons, to have a small allowance of food.


n. 1 (plural of common English) 2 A dining hall, usually at a college or university. 3 A central section of (usually an older) town, designated as a shared area, a common. 4 (context figuratively English) The mutual good of all; the abstract concept of resources shared by more than one, for example air, water, information.

  1. n. a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area; "they went for a walk in the park" [syn: park, common, green]

  2. a pasture subject to common use [syn: common land]

  3. class composed of persons lacking noble or knightly or gentle rank [syn: commonalty, commonality]

Commons (disambiguation)

Commons are shared resources.

Commons may also refer to:


The commons is the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, not owned privately.

Usage examples of "commons".

Commoner Town, the aristos say, but we say Commons, meaning it’s for all of us.

You might even decide you’d like to live in Commons during wintertime, if you’re here that long.

You’ve got animals, too, and they’ll do better in Commons than they will out here.

Alverd was likely to be elected mayor of Commons in a week or two, and mayors had little time for such doings.

There are so many tunnels and storage rooms and meeting rooms under Commons it is like living over a sponge.

Craftsmen, farmers, merchants, and their families lived and worked north of the barrier in an area they called Commons, centered on the town.

Usually, however, traffic moved along Grass Mountain Road between port and Commons with no hindrance.

The residents of Commons who went to the estancias kept their mouths shut about town business.

What the bons thought of as eternally true regarding their own social and economic superiority, Commons had long since discarded in favor of a more pragmatic view.

The only sightseeing was in Commons, which meant a con­stant easy flow of traffic along the road.

She and Saint Teresa were the madams of the two largest sensee houses in Portside, and they often traveled into Commons with their housekeepers and cooks.

They had practiced these antique steps under the watchful eye of a dancing master sent from Commons and they now swayed across the floor as though they had danced in this remarkably intimate fashion all their lives.

So it was from Commons that Lees Bergrem came to examine Janetta bon Maukerden—Dr.

They had been wiped out in this small population, and the quarantine officers at the port kept Commons clean.

She had forged orders over the name of Hector Paine and sent them to Commons, intercepting the deliveries when they arrived.