gen·​tle·​man-com·​mon·​er ˈjen-tᵊl-mən-ˈkä-mə-nər How to pronounce gentleman-commoner (audio)
plural gentlemen-commoners
: any of a privileged class of commoners formerly required to pay higher fees than ordinary commoners at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge

Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gentleman-commoner was in 1614

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Cite this Entry

“Gentleman-commoner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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