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



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmən//
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  1. 1  [countable] an area of open land in a town or village that anyone may use We went for a walk on the common. Wimbledon Common
  2. 2  commons [singular] (US English) a large room where students can eat in a school, college, etc. The commons is next to the gym. see also Commons
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French comun (adjective), from Latin communis.Idioms
    have something in common (with somebody)
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     (of people) to have the same interests, ideas, etc. as somebody else Tim and I have nothing in common./I have nothing in common with Tim.
    have something in common (with something)
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     (of things, places, etc.) to have the same features, characteristics, etc. The two cultures have a lot in common.
    (specialist) by everyone in a group They hold the property as tenants in common.
    in common with somebody/something
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    (formal) in the same way as somebody/something Britain, in common with many other industrialized countries, has experienced major changes over the last 100 years.
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