What does "Common" mean?
(n.) An inclosed or uninclosed tract of ground for pleasure, for pasturage, etc., the use of which belongs to the public; or to a number of persons (n.) The people; the community (n.) The right of taking a profit in the land of another, in common either with the owner or with other persons; -- so called from the community of interest which arises between the claimant of the right and the owner of the soil, or between the claimants and other commoners entitled to the same right (v.) Belonging or relating equally, or similarly, to more than one; as, you and I have a common interest in the property (v.) Belonging to or shared by, affecting or serving, all the members of a class, considered together; general; public; as, properties common to all plants; the common schools; the Book of Common Prayer (v.) Given to habits of lewdness; prostitute (v.) Not distinguished or exceptional; inconspicuous; ordinary; plebeian; -- often in a depreciatory sense (v.) Often met with; usual; frequent; customary (v.) Profane; polluted (v. i.) To board together; to eat at a table in common (v. i.) To converse together; to discourse; to confer (v. i.) To have a joint right with others in common ground (v. i.) To participate
Synonyms green, vernacular, standard, simple, general, average, coarse, vulgar, familiar, park, mutual, popular, ordinary, inferior, public, uncouth, plebeian, demotic, usual, frequent, grassroots, democratic, communal, informal, commons, shared, unrefined, unwashed, lowborn
Example: "The common people in those days suffered greatly" Example: "Common decency" Example: "A common friend" Example: "The common man" Example: "For the common good" Example: "A common (or familiar) complaint" Example: "Common parlance" Example: "Behavior that branded him as common" Example: "Produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population"