Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of the common people; a member of the commonalty.
  • noun Specifically A person inferior in rank to the nobility; one of the commons.
  • noun A member of the British House of Commons.
  • noun A member of a common council; a common-councilman.
  • noun One who has a joint right in common ground.
  • noun 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.
  • noun One who boards in commons.
  • noun A prostitute.
  • noun A partaker; one sharing with another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of the common people; one having no rank of nobility.
  • noun A member of the House of Commons.
  • noun One who has a joint right in common ground.
  • noun obsolete One sharing with another in anything.
  • noun 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.
  • noun obsolete A prostitute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a person who holds no title

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

common +‎ -er (“comparative suffix”)

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.

    Nice and Mean

  • 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.

    Nice and Mean

  • 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.

    Nice and Mean

  • 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.

    Nice and Mean

  • 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.

    Royal Wedding: LIFE's Portrayal Of Will And Kate (PHOTOS)

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

    Musings of a Drunken Monk: He moves among you

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

    The Revolutions of Time

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

    The Moccasin Maker

  • 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.

    The Ancient Regime

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