familiar stresses the fact of being generally known and easily recognized.
a familiar melody
popular applies to what is accepted by or prevalent among people in general sometimes in contrast to upper classes or special groups.
a writer of popular romances
vulgar, otherwise similar to popular, is likely to carry derogatory connotations (as of inferiority or coarseness).
souvenirs designed to appeal to the vulgar taste
Examples of common in a Sentence
They have a common ancestor.
The people on the island have a sense of common identity.
It is common practice for one town's fire department to help another town when there is a big fire.
Electric windows are a common feature in new cars.
“Smith” is a common name.
I think some of the most common flowers are also some of the prettiest.
cures for the common coldNoun
The campus has several dining commons. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Still, husband stitches may have been more common when healthcare providers routinely performed episiotomies during the 20th century.—Korin Miller, Health, 15 Sep. 2023 There was little to no daylight between the panelists’ views, and they were tethered by a common goal: calling attention to their own brands by sitting on the shoulders of the very movement that afforded them the freedom to sit on that stage and talk in circles.—Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 And because virtually all hotels have several outlets in each of their rooms, chargers and charging docks are more common among higher-scale properties or hotels catering to business travelers and tech-savvy, younger clientele.—Sofia Andrade, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2023 So this is a hot sauce that is pretty common in Eastern Mediterranean cuisine.—WIRED, 14 Sep. 2023 If that supply has a higher potency than they are used to or, as is increasingly common, is laced with fentanyl, that individual is at a high risk of overdosing.—Popular Science, 14 Sep. 2023 Gray wolves and eastern coyotes can both have the following eye colors:
Yellow and amber are most common for both.—Paul Richards, Field & Stream, 14 Sep. 2023 It has not been explicitly confirmed if this unusual entrée was, in fact, related to an upcoming game at USF on Saturday, Sept. 16, though alligator sightings are quite common at the southern Florida school.—Lizzy Rosenberg, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 Acting like doing their chores is an act of torture is common, and straight-up ignoring their parents is an 8-year-old hallmark.—Kristi Pahr, Parents, 14 Sep. 2023
In the early days of the internet, there was a movement to create a digital commons by making knowledge and culture free, open and accessible through alternatives to a copyright model.—Christopher Soto, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2023 Unlike the waters up to 200 nautical miles from a country's coastline, the rest of the ocean is considered to be a global commons belonging to everyone and no one at the same time.—Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2023 The general area of the town center project is just northeast of the Pearl Road-Westwood Drive intersection and includes the Strongsville branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, the site of Castletown Playground and the city commons at Pearl and Ohio 82.—Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 25 July 2023 In a world of privatized commons and militarized borders, who sees or cannot be seen?—WIRED, 9 Aug. 2023 The dining commons at the architecture building on campus — cheap.—Amy Wong, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2023 But Antarctica, designated as a global commons, is different from any other place on Earth.—Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 7 July 2023 Wind was strong enough to take down tree branch multiple feet in diameter on the common.—Talia Lissauer, BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2023 Imogen Napper, a marine scientist at the University of Plymouth in England, says the high seas and the Earth’s orbit are both global commons.—Carla Delgado, Discover Magazine, 29 June 2023 See More
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Adjective and Noun
Middle English commun, from Anglo-French, from Latin communis — more at mean