com·mon·er | \ˈkä-mə-nər \

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 \

Definition of Commoner (Entry 2 of 2)

Barry 1917–2012 American biologist and educator

Examples of commoner in a Sentence


a prince who married a commoner

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Harry's engagement to Markle isn't all that exceptional in the history of royal-falls-for-commoner relationships. Lorraine Ali,, "The royal wedding: Fairy tale or 'Game of Thrones'?," 17 May 2018 According to a description from Netflix, the movie is actually called The Princess Switch, a romantic comedy about a duchess and a commoner who look exactly alike and decide to switch places. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Netflix Is Releasing Another Royal Christmas Movie This Year Starring Vanessa Hudgens," 18 June 2018 Here are five of them: Velveeta Shells & Cheese is for commoners. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Royal Wedding means cake made of dips, commemorative chicken buckets, other wacky tie-ins," 17 May 2018 And though the day will certainly be filled with merriment and joy for the family, it could also be filled with confusion for commoners. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "WATCH: 9 Words You Need to Know Before the Royal Wedding," 9 May 2018 While Kate Middleton was described as a commoner, Meghan Markle is simply an American. Daisy Goodwin, Time, "How Meghan Markle Is Giving the Royal Family the Shake-Up It Needs," 17 May 2018 Not because Markle is an American and a commoner, marrying a prince now sixth in line for the throne. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "How the Church of England has evolved on divorce, from Henry VIII to Meghan Markle," 15 May 2018 Disney’s Aladdin / July 5-August 5 Ride your magic carpet (or just take the T) to the Boston Opera House to see the Disney classic about a princess, a commoner, and a genie lamp., "Things to do in Greater Boston this summer," 15 June 2018 So that's the good news: Celebrities aren't harboring some magical secret to instant hair growth that you, a commoner, are forbidden from accessing. Marci Robin, Allure, "If You Want Extra-Long Hair Extensions Like Jennifer Lopez, Prepare to Shell Out $6K," 17 May 2018

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

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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 \

Kids Definition of commoner

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

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