commoner

noun
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

Commoner

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

Examples of commoner in a Sentence

Noun

a prince who married a commoner

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The extensive reach of official media encouraged Amin and his officials to think of themselves as spokesmen for Ugandan commoners. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 The extensive reach of official media encouraged Amin and his officials to think of themselves as spokesmen for Ugandan commoners. Richard Vokes, The Conversation, "Thousands of recently discovered photographs document life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s reign," 25 June 2019 This one, the hotel Lambert, was also originally the proud confection of a wealthy commoner, one Lambert the Rich. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 So Prince William is not a commoner, but Prince Harry is, though that could change if the Queen gives him a title in celebration of his May wedding to Meghan Markle. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Third Child Will Be Born With an Impressive Title," 28 Mar. 2018 Moriya, 28, is a commoner who works at the shipping company Nippon Yusen KK. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Japanese Princess Just Married a Commoner, and Gave Up Her Royal Status to Do So," 29 Oct. 2018 Her older sister Princess Noriko did the same in 2014, and her cousin Princess Mako is currently engaged to marry commoner Kei Komuro in 2020. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Ayako of Japan Gives Up Her Royal Title in Wedding to Commoner Kei Moriya," 29 Oct. 2018 Princess Ayako, a member of the Japanese royal family, married commoner Kei Moriya on Monday in Tokyo. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Japanese Princess Just Married a Commoner, and Gave Up Her Royal Status to Do So," 29 Oct. 2018 However, supporters of the law worry doing so will dilute the imperial lineage when a female member of the family has a child with a commoner, according to The Japan Times. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "PEOPLE Explains: Why Women In Japan's Imperial Family Must Give Up Their Royal Status to Marry Commoners," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of commoner

Noun

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

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commoner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of commoner

: a person who is not a member of the nobility

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

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