American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The right to pasture animals on common land.
- n. The state of being held in common.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The use of anything in common with others; specifically, specifically pasturage or the right of pasturing on a common.
- n. That which belongs equally to all; that which is common or public.
- n. The commonalty.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The right of pasturing on a common; the right of using anything in common with others.
- n. property held in common
- Compare Old French communage. (Wiktionary)
“Ms Muller is one of 62 shareholders in the Rossport commonage, which is on the modified route for the Corrib gas onshore pipeline.”
“In his play about John Clare, The Fool, Edward Bond evokes the anxiety of Clare and his fellow villagers around 1815 at the Acts of Enclosure by the big landowners that were robbing them of their rights of commonage, including their rights in woods and forests:”
“Like rabbits and pigeons, rooks were part of the unofficial commonage of the parish.”
“Lulu de Jager, an official of Free State Agriculture working mostly with emerging black farmers, said commonage fields at many towns in the Free State were a big concern.”
“Rebecca Sharp — in a word, the whole baronetage, peerage, commonage of England, did not contain a more cunning, mean, selfish, foolish, disreputable old man.”
“Some municipalities had made commonage available for hire, but there were still municipalities where emerging farmers were unable to access land.”
“Programme of Land Redistribution and Agricultural Development (IPLRAD) targets not only the number of households benefiting and the hectares of land transferred, but also sustainability of natural resources and wealth in agricultural production and commonage projects.”
“A referendum on the way in which certain pieces of commonage land will be owned and administrated in the Namaqualand region of the Northern Cape Province, will be held from 30 December 2002 to”
“The communities which would gain access to commonage land resided in Soebatsfontein, Komaggas and Steinkopf in Namaqualand, Kenhardt in the Benede Oranje region, and Niekerkshoop, Prieska, Strydenburg and Colesberg in the Upper Karoo.”
“In eight other Northern Cape communities, emerging farmers would be given access to farm land in terms of a commonage system.”
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