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Commonalty definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COMMONALTY, n.
1. The common people. In Great Britain, all classes and conditions of people, who are below the rank of nobility.
The commonalty, like the nobility, are divided into several degrees.
In the United States, commonalty has no very definite signification. It is however used to denote that part of the people who live by labor, and are not liberally educated, nor elevated by office or professional pursuits.
2. The bulk of mankind.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a class composed of persons lacking clerical or noble rank [syn: commonalty, commonality, commons]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English communalte, from Anglo-French comunalté, from comunal communal Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) the common people (2) the political estate formed by the common people b. a usage or practice common to members of a group 2. a general group or body

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 the common people. 2 the general body (esp. of mankind). 3 a corporate body. Etymology: ME f. OF comunalté f. med.L communalitas -tatis (as COMMON)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Commonalty Com"mon*al*ty, n.; pl. Commonalties. [OF. communalt['e]; F. communaut['e], fr. communal. See Communal.] 1. The common people; those classes and conditions of people who are below the rank of nobility; the commons. The commonalty, like the nobility, are divided into several degrees. --Blackstone. The ancient fare of our kings differed from that of the commonalty in plenteousness only. --Landon. 2. The majority or bulk of mankind. [Obs.] --Hooker.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. The common people (below the orders of nobility), the lower classes, commoners, the commons.



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