commoner

noun
com·​mon·​er | \ ˈkä-mə-nər How to pronounce commoner (audio) \

Definition of commoner

1a : one of the common people
b : one who is not of noble rank
2 : a student (as at Oxford) who pays for his own board

Examples of commoner in a Sentence

a prince who married a commoner
Recent Examples on the Web Phillips, an army officer, was a commoner who declined to receive a royal title; Anne also declined her mother's offer to give titles to Peter and Zara. Cnn Staff, CNN, 2 June 2022 Mako is the niece of Emperor Naruhito, who also married a commoner, Masako. Yuri Kageyama, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2021 Mako is the niece of Emperor Naruhito, who also married a commoner, Masako. Yuri Kageyama, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2021 Princess Mako gave up her royal titles to marry Kei Komuro, a commoner, last October. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, 18 Mar. 2022 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the commoner-turned-royal formerly known as Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William, mother of a future king, has turned 40. New York Times, 10 Jan. 2022 Royal Dutch Shell is giving up its Dutch crown to become a more agile English commoner. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 15 Nov. 2021 Their daughter Mako recently made headlines for her decision to give up her royal status in order to marry a commoner. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 5 Jan. 2022 Mako is the niece of Emperor Naruhito, who also married a commoner, Masako. Yuri Kageyama, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of commoner

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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28 Jul 2022

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“Commoner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commoner. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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commoner

noun
com·​mon·​er | \ ˈkä-mə-nər How to pronounce commoner (audio) \

Kids Definition of commoner

: a person who is not privileged or high in social status

Commoner biographical name

Com·​mo·​ner | \ ˈkä-mə-nər How to pronounce Commoner (audio) \

Definition of Commoner

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