from The Century Dictionary.
- noun l. One who has the same right of common.
- noun In Cambridge University, England, one who dines with the fellows.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A student at Cambridge University, England, who
commons, or dines, at the Fellow's table.
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- noun UK A student at Cambridge University who
commons, or dines, at the Fellows' table.
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A dunce he always was, it is true; for learning cannot be acquired by leaving school and entering at college as a fellow-commoner; but he was now
For if the victuals be not good, men may let them alone, or if the wine be bad, men may use water; but for a weak-brained, impertinent, unmannerly, shallow fellow-commoner there is no cure; he mars all the mirth and music, and spoils the best entertainment in the world.
At length, my schemes being ripe, I met him (with the full intention that this meeting should be final and decisive) at the chambers of a fellow-commoner (Mr. Preston) equally intimate with both, but who, to do him justice, entertained not even a remote suspicion of my design.
I dare not say that it was a piece of Working-Men's College good-fellowship, -- but, led either by that or by English hospitality, one of the gentlemen who officiated, to whom I had introduced myself with no privilege but that of a "fellow-commoner" at the College, not only showed me every courtesy there, but afterwards offered me every service which could facilitate my objects in London.
At an early age he entered St. Catherine's Hall, Cambridge, as a fellow-commoner.
St. John's College, Cambridge, of which he became a fellow-commoner about 1776 or 1777.
A fellow-commoner of his time had, like himself, come again to Cambridge, arriving thither by a different road.
This fellow-commoner was now the member in Parliament for Cambridge, had buckled a soldier's baldric over a farmer's coat, had carried things with a high hand in the ancient collegiate city, had made himself greatly liked by these, greatly disliked by those.
This likeness was taken when he was a fellow-commoner at St. John's College, Cambridge, and before the growth of that blue beard which was the ornament of his manhood, and a part of which now formed a beautiful blue neck-chain for his bereaved wife.
In 1753 he was admitted a fellow-commoner of King's College, Cambridge, but left the University without taking a degree.