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1 often observed or encountered

  • horse ranches are a common sight in that part of the state
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a dime a dozen

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4 belonging to the class of people of low social or economic rank

  • a man of wealth and privilege who mingled without pretense with the common folk
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5 held by or applicable to a majority of the people

  • a politician who works not for the special interests but for the common good
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6 used or done by a number of people as a group

  • used a common bathroom while at the campground
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common, ordinary, plain, familiar, popular, vulgar mean generally met with and not in any way special, strange, or unusual. common implies usual everyday quality or frequency of occurrence
    • a common error
    • lacked common honesty
and may additionally suggest inferiority or coarseness.
    • common manners
ordinary stresses conformance in quality or kind with the regular order of things.
    • an ordinary pleasant summer day
    • a very ordinary sort of man
plain is likely to suggest homely simplicity.
    • plain hard-working people
familiar stresses the fact of being generally known and easily recognized.
    • a familiar melody
popular applies to what is accepted by or prevalent among people in general sometimes in contrast to upper classes or special groups.
    • a writer of popular romances
vulgar, otherwise similar to popular, is likely to carry derogatory connotations (as of inferiority or coarseness).
    • souvenirs designed to appeal to the vulgar taste


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