One of the commons, or common-people, untitled person.
Student not on a foundation, gentleman-commoner (Oxford), pensioner (Cambridge).

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  • Commoner — Com mon*er, n. 1. One of the common people; one having no rank of nobility. [1913 Webster] All below them [the peers] even their children, were commoners, and in the eye of the law equal to each other. Hallam. [1913 Webster] 2. A member of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commoner — (engl.), eigentlich der gemeine Mann, dann überhaupt alle, die nicht zur Nobility, d. h. zu den Mitgliedern des Oberhauses, gehören. Daher sind z. B. die Söhne von Peers Commoners. Nach englischem Recht bildet die Commonalty die zweite Klasse des …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Commoner —   [ kɔmənə; englisch »Gemeiner«] der, s/ s, in Großbritannien jeder, der nicht zum hohen Adel (Nobility, Peers) gehört, darunter z. B. auch die Gentry, die Bischöfe, die jüngeren Sprosse der großen Adelsfamilien und die Unterhausabgeordneten …   Universal-Lexikon

  • commoner — early 14c. (in commoners), from COMMON (Cf. common) …   Etymology dictionary

  • commoner — ► NOUN ▪ one of the ordinary or common people, as opposed to the aristocracy or to royalty …   English terms dictionary

  • commoner — [käm′ənər] n. [ME communer < commun,COMMON] 1. a person not of the nobility; member of the commonalty 2. Brit. at some universities, a student who does not have a scholarship and therefore pays for food (called commons) and other expenses …   English World dictionary

  • Commoner — For the Pulp song, see Common People (song). Common people and The masses redirect here. For the American biologist, see Barry Commoner. For other uses, see The Masses (disambiguation). The French Revolution was in origin an upri …   Wikipedia

  • commoner — UK [ˈkɒmənə(r)] / US [ˈkɑmənər] noun [countable] Word forms commoner : singular commoner plural commoners someone who does not belong to a royal or noble family …   English dictionary

  • Commoner — Common Com mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commoner — Com|mo|ner [ kɔmənə] der; s, s <aus engl. commoner »Gemeiner« zu common »(all)gemein; niedrig; gemeinsam«, dies über altfr. comun (fr. commun) aus lat. communis, vgl.↑kommun> jeder, der nicht zum hohen Adel gehört, d. h. nicht Mitglied des… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Commoner — The Commoner William Jennings Bryan …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

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