from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The common people as opposed to the upper classes. Also called commonality.
- n. An incorporated body; a corporation.
- n. An entire group: the commonalty of laypeople.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The common people; the commonality
- n. A group of things having similar characteristics
- n. A class composed of persons lacking clerical or noble rank
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The common people; those classes and conditions of people who are below the rank of nobility; the commons.
- n. The majority or bulk of mankind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The public; the people; the multitude.
- n. Commonwealth; republic.
- n. Specifically, the common people.
- n. In republican countries, the mass of the inhabitants, as distinguished from those in authority.
- n. In a more restricted sense, the uneducated and uncultured, as distinguished from the learned and intelligent.
- n. In a city, the mass of citizens, as represented by or acting through the corporate authorities: as, the mayor, aldermen, and commonalty of the city of New York do enact as follows.
- n. The members of an incorporated company other than its officers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a class composed of persons lacking clerical or noble rank
Middle English communalte, from Old French comunalte, from Medieval Latin commūnālitās, from Late Latin commūnālis, of the community; see communal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)