Definition of common land noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


common land

BrE BrE//ˈkɒmən lænd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmən lænd//
[uncountable] (British English)
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land that belongs to or may be used by the local community Culture Most areas of common land have been used for keeping sheep or cows on or for other purposes for many centuries. With the ‚enclosures‘ of the 18th and 19th centuries much common land was taken by private owners but the remaining areas have been protected by law since 1852.