Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the common people.
  • n. A person without noble rank or title.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. comparative form of common: more common
  • n. A member of the common people who holds no title or rank.
  • n. Someone who is not of noble rank.
  • n. An undergraduate who does not hold either a scholarship or an exhibition.
  • n. A student who is not dependent on any foundation for support, but pays all university charges; at Cambridge called a pensioner.
  • n. Someone holding common rights because of residence or land ownership in a particular manor, especially rights on common land.
  • n. One sharing with another in anything.
  • n. A prostitute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the common people; one having no rank of nobility.
  • n. A member of the House of Commons.
  • n. One who has a joint right in common ground.
  • n. One sharing with another in anything.
  • n. A student in the university of Oxford, Eng., who is not dependent on any foundation for support, but pays all university charges; - - at Cambridge called a pensioner.
  • n. A prostitute.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the common people; a member of the commonalty.
  • n. Specifically A person inferior in rank to the nobility; one of the commons.
  • n. A member of the British House of Commons.
  • n. A member of a common council; a common-councilman.
  • n. One who has a joint right in common ground.
  • n. A student of the second rank in the University of Oxford, not dependent on the foundation for support, but paying for his board and eating at the common table: corresponding to a pensioner at Cambridge.
  • n. One who boards in commons.
  • n. A prostitute.
  • n. A partaker; one sharing with another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who holds no title

Etymologies

common +‎ -er (“comparative suffix”) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Even Rachel, her best friend, wanted to vote her Biggest Plebe in our online poll—“plebe” after the word for commoner—in social studies last year.

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  • Her father initially disapproved of the match, despite the fact that 36 years ago to the day he married a "commoner" - Silvia Sommerlath, who is of mixed German and Brazilian descent.

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  • And with LIFE Books' The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton we are already there with Charles and Di's son--Elizabeth's grandson--as he prepares to wed the lovely Kate Middleton in a true fairytale story: the man who will be king and the so-called "commoner" who has captured his heart.

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  • Justin the Genius, you mean to tell me that I can now be classified as a commoner?

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  • He had no power among the Canitaurs, but was only a titled commoner, more like Wagner's groom than counsel.

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  • Can't you understand that I am only an untitled commoner to his people?

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  • The privileged person avoids or repels taxation, not merely because it despoils him, but because it belittles him; it is a mark of the commoner, that is to say, of former servitude, and he resists the fisc (the revenue services) as much through pride as through interest.

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  • The prince had married what the British call a commoner; now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge titles granted by Queen Elizabeth II.

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  • But until something like that is on offer, this seems to be more about the success of Kate's "commoner" parents than the Middletons capitalizing on their daughter.

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  • It would be politically incorrect for a "commoner", irrespective of his previous stature, to take on such a highly sensitive task.

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