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

Definition of commoner

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

Definition of Commoner (Entry 2 of 2)

Barry 1917–2012 American biologist and educator

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Examples of commoner in a Sentence

Noun a prince who married a commoner
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Inside the outpost, the rankings got more granular—commoner, foreigner, servant, patrician, legionary, commander, senator, magistrate. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 10 June 2021 Sonoya Mizuno plays Mysaria, loyal to Prince Daemon, and Fabien Frankel is Ser Criston Cole, a commoner. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 27 Apr. 2021 His infatuation with a commoner precipitated a constitutional crisis and his abdication. Ron Grossman,, 17 Apr. 2021 Louis relinquished his place in the order of succession to the throne ahead of his wedding to Antony, who is a commoner. Stephanie Petit,, 6 Apr. 2021 As the Saudi oil minister from 1962 to 1986, Mr. Yamani was the most powerful commoner in a kingdom that possessed some of the world’s largest oil reserves. New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021 But just as Akeem struggled to adjust to life as a commoner in Queens, young Lavelle has a hard time acclimating to Zamunda. Ineye Komonibo,, 3 Feb. 2021 Princess Mako of Japan has been engaged to her boyfriend since 2017—a coupling that has sparked strong interest and complications because her fiancé, Kei Komuro, is a commoner. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2020 But three years later, the prospects of the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and her beau, Kei Komuro, a commoner and aspiring lawyer, living happily ever after look, well, complicated. Ben Dooley, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of commoner


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Commoner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of commoner

: a person who is not a member of the nobility


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


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