Definitions for: Commons

[n] class composed of persons lacking noble or knightly or gentle rank
[n] a pasture subject to common use
[n] a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area; "they went for a walk in the park"

Webster (1913) Definition: Com"mons, n. pl.,
1. The mass of the people, as distinguished from the titled
classes or nobility; the commonalty; the common people.

'T is like the commons, rude unpolished hinds, Could
send such message to their sovereign. --Shak.

The word commons in its present ordinary
signification comprises all the people who are under
the rank of peers. --Blackstone.

2. The House of Commons, or lower house of the British
Parliament, consisting of representatives elected by the
qualified voters of counties, boroughs, and universities.

It is agreed that the Commons were no part of the
great council till some ages after the Conquest.

3. Provisions; food; fare, -- as that provided at a common
table in colleges and universities.

Their commons, though but coarse, were nothing
scant. --Dryden.

4. A club or association for boarding at a common table, as
in a college, the members sharing the expenses equally;
as, to board in commons.

5. A common; public pasture ground.

To shake his ears, and graze in commons. --Shak.

Doctors' Commons, a place near St. Paul's Churchyard in
London where the doctors of civil law used to common
together, and where were the ecclesiastical and admiralty
courts and offices having jurisdiction of marriage
licenses, divorces, registration of wills, etc.

To be on short commons, to have a small allowance of food.

Synonyms: common, common land, commonality, commonalty, green, park

See Also: amusement park, Central Park, class, funfair, grazing land, lea, ley, parcel, parcel of land, pasture, pastureland, piece of ground, piece of land, pleasure ground, social class, socio-economic class, third estate, tract, urban area, village green

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