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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  commonalty 
  n  :  class  composed  of  persons  lacking  noble  or  knightly  or 
  gentle  rank  [syn:  {commonality},  {commons}] 




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