1. comparative form of common

commoner (plural commoners)

  1. A member of the common people who holds no title or rank.
  2. (British) Someone who is not of noble rank.
    • All below them [the peers], even their children, were commoners, and in the eye of the law equal to each other.
  3. (British, Oxbridge slang) An undergraduate who does not hold either a scholarship or an exhibition.
  4. (obsolete, UK, Oxford University) A student who is not dependent on any foundation for support, but pays all university charges; at Cambridge called a pensioner.
  5. Someone holding common rights because of residence or land ownership in a particular manor, especially rights on common land.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      Much good land might be gained from forests […] and from other commonable places, so as always there be a due care taken that the poor commoners have no injury.
  6. (obsolete) One sharing with another in anything.
  7. (obsolete) A prostitute.
  • (member of the common people) seeSynonyms en
  • (prostitute) seeSynonyms en

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