common touch


: the gift of appealing to or arousing the sympathetic interest of the common people

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Everyone knows that the barker for the bandwagon is selling a show; injecting a common touch into your presentation is simply courtesy and good sense. Jeff Bradford, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2023 This was laden with symbolism and the common touch — clearly aimed at boosting the morale of soldiers and civilians alike. Sam Mednick, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2022 Xi Jinping was first cast as a firm but genial leader with a common touch. Chris Buckley, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2022 The new sovereign, exhibiting a common touch, shook hands and offered encouragement to those waiting to see his mother lie in state. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2022 Despite his troubles, Johnson is still adored by some Conservatives as a vote winner with a rare common touch who led the party to a big election victory in 2019. Jill Lawless, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Oct. 2022 Cooper instantly noted Andre 3000 is a common touch point when people try to describe Smino. Nathan Mattise, Rolling Stone, 20 Oct. 2022 That alone forced the royals to recognize that Diana’s common touch had connected with people in ways that hadn’t yet occurred to the House of Windsor. Danica Kirka, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 Patterson’s common touch may have something to do with his onetime day job in advertising. Laura Miller, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'common touch.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of common touch was in 1910

Dictionary Entries Near common touch

Cite this Entry

“Common touch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!