com·​mon·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌkä-mə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce commonality (audio) \
plural commonalities

Definition of commonality

1 : the common people
2a : possession of common features or attributes : commonness
b : a common feature or attribute

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Examples of commonality in a Sentence

The plans share important commonalities. one commonality between the two very different women is their passion for charity work
Recent Examples on the Web Throughout the collection, Shahidi sought out points of commonality: colors, and shapes of significance to many. Vogue, 24 June 2021 In the end, there's a lot of commonality in their experiences. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 23 June 2021 Three Twins' pitchers have been hit in the head by line drives, their stories share the horrific commonality of what a baseball can do and the incredible resiliency of pro athletes. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 The commonality of the journey itself offers some signposts to individual wanderings. Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Yet, those same results are reason for optimism, revealing commonality and paths forward for a divided nation. Time, 29 Apr. 2021 Connections persuade, and commonality builds connections. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 In one small area of commonality, Mr. Biden gave a pair of his favorite aviator sunglasses to Mr. Putin, who also loves wearing shades. New York Times, 16 June 2021 Mrvan said workforce development is another commonality between the Region and the European country. Karen Caffarini,, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of commonality

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for commonality

Middle English communalite commonwealth, alteration of communalte

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The first known use of commonality was in 1582

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26 Jul 2021

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“Commonality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of commonality

: the fact of sharing features or qualities
: a shared feature or quality


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