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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Commons  \Com"mons\,  n.  pl., 
  1.  The  mass  of  the  people,  as  distinguished  from  the  titled 
  classes  or  nobility;  the  commonalty;  the  common  people. 
  [Eng.] 
 
  '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. 
  --Hume. 
 
  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. 
  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  commons 
  n  1:  a  piece  of  open  land  for  recreational  use  in  an  urban  area; 
  "they  went  for  a  walk  in  the  park"  [syn:  {park},  {common}, 
  {green}] 
  2:  a  pasture  subject  to  common  use  [syn:  {common  land}] 
  3:  class  composed  of  persons  lacking  noble  or  knightly  or 
  gentle  rank  [syn:  {commonalty},  {commonality}] 




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